What to do after O/L examination?

(Updated – 2022 May) Finally, your GCE O/L Examinations are over! All that hard-working study sessions, all those endless exams are over and you are finally free! Before you start celebrating, you have some important decisions to make. 

Post O/L time is important as you need to plan your A/L and higher education pathway and career decisions which can change the direction of your life.

We bring you 7 options to plan your future life after the O Level examination.

  1. Continue your school education and do A/L
  2. Select A/L subjects. classes and teachers
  3. Develop soft skills
  4. Follow a professional course,
  5. Go to University education without A/L
  6. Technical Colleges and Technical Universities
  7. Continue Higher Education while doing a Job

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 the 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 a School and Advanced Level classes

If your school does not have Advanced Level classes for a particular stream of study (Science, Mathematics, or Technical stream), then you need to apply to another school to follow A/L classes. The selection of students will be based on your O/L results, extra-curricular activities, and the non-availability of A/L grades at your school.

Then you need to select tuition classes. Many Science stream A/L classes start in the 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 the 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 workload, is an ideal time to improve your English language (Communication skills), IT/ Computer skills, or other skills you wish to acquire.

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 for a future career.

5. Get a degree 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 examinations and then go on to register for a University degree (Local or Foreign).

Updated 2021: Get an Open University degree without A/L 

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. Technical Colleges and Technical Universities

You can go to Technical education and obtain Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees in Technical Colleges and Universities and obtain certificates, diplomas and degrees and you can get NVQ – National Vocational Qualification.

The NVQ Sri Lanka provides the opportunity to achieve international recognition for qualifications, skills, and knowledge. There are seven levels of qualifications from Level 1 to Level 7.  National Certificate for Level 1 is recognizing the acquisition of a core of entry-level skills. National  Certificate for Levels 2, 3, and 4 is recognizing the increasing levels of competencies. Level 4 qualification awards for full national craftsmanship.  Level 5 and 6 is a National Diploma and it recognizes the increasing levels of competencies ranging from technical level to management level. Level 7 is a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

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How to find your Career Path or next Job?

TVET (Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka) has prepared an online test called Career Interest Test, which can be used to understand your career interests.

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.

7. Continue higher education while doing a Job

Going straight into work after school is not a common practice in Sri Lanka. However in recent years many boys go to informal labor jobs without continuing higher education, which is  not a good practice. Because today degree or A/L qualification is needed to get a good Job  and to get a placement in Higher Education program. Therefore please do not stop your education even if you find an employment. You can continue studying while
doing a Job. Before opting for an informal job look for the career options and train for that career first.

Now you can do A/L without passing O/L examination

Ministry of Education has announced that from 2018, you will be allowed to sit for the G.C.E. Advanced Level classes even you fail the Ordinary Level examination. This is under the program of 13 years of continuous education to every student by offering practical and employment driven subjects for A/L classes.

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University Senior Lecturer at University of Sri Jayewardenepra, Sri Lanka

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