For GCE Advanced Level examination, you can select three (3) subjects from within five (5) main subject streams namely Arts, Commerce, Biological Science, Physical Science or Technology. You also have to sit for General English and Common General Test for their A/L examination, but results of these papers are not considered for University entrance. But those results will also be included in the A/L exam results sheet.
Subjects available for A/L Arts Stream
Art stream is the most popular subject area among the Sri Lankan students. A/L arts stream has about sixty (60) subjects and these are categorized into four different subject areas
- Social Sciences/ Applied Social studies
- Religious and Civilization
As an art student you can select subjects from any one of the following areas.
Social Science Subjects
- You should select at least one subject from this subject area/
- If you want, you can select two or all three subjects within this category
- This statement is not valid for those who are following two or three language subjects.
Subjects – Economics, Geography, History (Sri Lankan history and Indian history or European history or World history), Home Economics, Political Sciences, Logic and Scientific method, Accounting or Business Statistics, Agriculture or mathematics, (One subject from Technological studies – Civil/ Mechanical or Electrical/ Electronic and information Technology or Food technology or Agro technology or Bio-Resource Technology), Communication and Mass media, Information and Communication Technology)
Religious and Civilization Subjects
Buddhism or Buddhist Civilization, Christianity or Christian Culture, Hinduism or Hindu Civilization, Islam or Islam Civilization and Greek & Roman Civilization are the subjects available in this category.
- If you select one religious subject from this category, then you cannot select its civilization subject. For example, If f you select Buddhism, you cannot select Buddhist civilization
Art, Dancing (Sri Lankan or Indian), Music (Oriental Music or Carnatic or Western) and Drama and Theatre (Sinhala, English or Tamil) are the subjects offered in this category.
- From these aesthetic subjects you can select one or two subjects.
The new Educational Reforms have encouraged the students to learn International Languages.
Language subjects are offered in three different categories.
- National languages (Sinhala,Tamil,English)
- Classical Languages (Arabic, Pali, Sanskrit)
- Foreign Languages (Chinese, Malay, French, Russian, Hindi, Japanese).
You can select one or two language subjects from above list
If you want to study three languages for your A/L, the selection should be as follows.
- Any three subjects representing National languages and Classical Languages
For example you can select Sinhala, Pali and Sanskrit
If you select two language subjects, you will be able to select one subject from Social Sciences /Religious and Civilization /Aesthetic as your third subject. For example you can select English, Japanese and Electronic and information Technology.
However some subjects may not be available at your school. Having better understanding on available courses in national Universities will be an added advantage for selecting a subject combination. As vast array of subjects are available, you can take up innovative and novel subject combinations in keeping with worldwide trends. For example you can select a combination with Mathematics, IT and Economics.
What are high Z Score subjects in Arts Stream?
Many students ask on high Z-score subjects they should select in order to enter to good university courses in this stream such as to enter Law Faculty. (For 2018/2019 Academic year you need 1.7 to 1.9 Z Score to enter Arts faculty)
It is difficult to comment on high Z score subjects as Z scores change from year to year. However many students who are doing subjects such as Logic, Geography, Economics, ICT to get high z scores.
Read more – How Z score is calculated?
Download Ministry of Education Circular on A/L subject combinations:
Download relevant circular from Ministry of Higher Education website – GCE Advanced Level Subject Options and Subject combinations for Selection to University Degree Programs
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Malki Pabasara says
Can i do French ,Japanese and Ict for my alevel examination????
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Can I do Arts,Business studies and Islam
Fathima Rishma says
what field can I enter if I do Economics, Islam and GRC in arts stream?
what are the degree courses for the subjects french,english literature and I.C.T. i need a fast reply please thank you
can i become a software engineer by doing business studies accounts and ICT ?
You can go to Management Faculties with this combination.
Logic, ict, econ karala law college yanna puluwanda? Ikmnata rply oni
Kiyanna ba. Law college yanna honda z score ekak one.
can i do Combined maths, ICT and statistics
I think you cannot. statistics is commerce subject
muthuni parindya says
Can I do logic , media and japanese to get high z – score for A/L , plz… I need a replay soon!
I am gonna do AL’s privately.
i only have 6 months. just now i decided to apply for AL’ s
do you think i can get a S pass for english lit , it and logic
or what are the suitable subjects i can apply for.
Helani Yesara says
Can I do Geography, media and English for 2022A/L. exam? Will I be able to enter university? Please reply me soon…
HI, I AM 2021 A/L BATCH,ARTS STREAM
I AM DOING ICT , MEDIA
FOR THE 3RD SUBJECT CAN I DO BUSINESS STUDIES???
PLEASE REPLY SOON IT’S URGENT….
I’m doing a/l privately…can I do home science and arabic in english medium?
Pls I need a reply soon
sachini Hansika says
can I do English lit, ICT and logic for A/L ? Is it a suitable combination to get a higher z score and go law college.
These subjects have high z scores in the past