What to do after O/L examination?

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Finally your GCE O/L Examinations are over! All that hard working study sessions, all those endless exam are over and you are finally free! Before you start celebrating, you have some important decisions to make. 

1. Select a subject stream to continue your School education and do A/L

First you have to settle on which stream you are going to study. Take a look at the information we have provided for selecting subject streams.
Subject options for GCE Advanced Level

For selection of courses you may also like to check the subject options offered by Sri Lankan public National Universities:
Select Universities and Courses in Sri Lankan Universities

If you want to plan ahead you may also like to know courses you can do after Advanced Level.

2. Select Advanced Level classes

Many Science stream A/L classes start in First First week of January, sometimes even last week of December. If you are going to do Commerce or Arts stream, then those classes will commence in March, April or May, sometimes after the results are released.
You can check following posts to get more information on Classes, Tuition teachers and Institutes:
2019 A/L – Select Subjects and Tuition Teachers and Classes

Major Tuition Institutes Centers in Sri Lanka

3. Develop your soft skills

This period, before you get the maximum A/L work load, is ideal time to improve you English language (Communication skills), IT/ Computer skills or other skills you wish to acquire
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4. Follow a professional course

Students with G.C.E.(O/L) Examination are eligible to register for professional accounting, management and IT courses such as AAT or ACCA. You can either do these courses while doing A/L or you can select them as a starting point to a future career.

5. Follow higher education without doing A/L

You can start university education shortly after O/Levels by following programs at some private universities, or even enter into Open University or External degree programs such as BIT (BSc degree in Information Technology).  For this option you have to do some foundation courses and examination and then go on to register for University degree (Local or Foreign).

You can also do NIBM Degree after O/L – If you have passed O/L with five credits including a Credit pass for English. then you can follow Pre-degree Foundation Course in NIBM. After completion of this course, you can follow BSc (Hons) in Management or BSc (Hons) in Human Resources Management (HRM)

6. Find a job and continue higher education through Technical Colleges and Technical Universities

Going straight into work after school is not a common practice in Sri Lanka. However this does not have to mean that your education is over; you can coninue your education in Technical Colleges and Universities and obtain certificates, diplomas and degreesand you can get NVQ – National Vocational Qualification.

Engineering and Business studies Courses for students who passed G.C.E.(O/L) examination in 6(six) subjects – Download document
including Medium Language and Mathematics



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  1. Nethum April 17, 2017 at 6:29 am -  Reply

    What can i do… without A/l. Dgrees???

    • Hiran April 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

      Read the things above. Select what u can do

  2. muhi January 19, 2017 at 7:34 am -  Reply

    What are the online job opportunities for mathematics stream??

  3. muhi January 19, 2017 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    I just finished my o/ls and im confused about what to do next…i wanted to do A/l in maths stream but i want to know if this qualification would be sufficient for doing online jobs for a good salary..and i also want to know if i can do something useful till the results come..please suggest me a good idea

  4. Faslur Rajah January 11, 2017 at 8:04 am -  Reply

    How to become a Normal teacher after A/L with two passes(Bio)???

  5. Ravi Rahulan January 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    I finished ordinary level is that enough to continue my higher studies in it field as you mentioned

    • Hiran January 7, 2017 at 8:45 am -  Reply

      Yes. U can do various IT courses with O/L. But it’s better to continue a/L and get an IT degree.

  6. Khalid January 2, 2017 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    I am just finished my O/L can you give me a idea , where can I improve my English language . I am very poor in this subject . Send me a message to my mobile no 0777 327659 thank you

  7. Affi December 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello, Im from Amparai… i just finished my o/l exams and i wanted to sth during this vacation. Can anyone of idea to do anything?

  8. Senani December 17, 2016 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for giving us various options after O/L examination.

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