After finishing your A/L examination, you can now follow a course to train for a new career or find a suitable employment.
1. Higher Education or Finding a Job?
First decide whether you want to do further education and earn a degree or post-graduate or professional qualification or find a Job and earn money. Of course you do several courses while studying. Also remember you need a good education (degree) to find a good job these days, therefore it is better to get further qualification now.
2. Do A/L Again
A/L results are important for higher education degree programs, and also to get a good employment. Therefore you can do A Level again, If you did not work hard for the first time or your Z-score is not sufficient for the required course such as Medicine or Engineering.
Find GCE A/L Revision class.
3. Learn the Basics – English, IT and soft skills
To find a good job you need English knowledge, IT (Computing) and other soft skills.
Learn English in Sri Lanka – select classes and courses –
Watch our video on Study Options after A Level
4. Degrees at National Universities –
If you are sure about your exam results, then await for results to enter into Sri Lankan Public University system, which offer excellent degrees at no cost.
5. Open University/ KDU/ IChem or Ocean University Degree
Open University offers several undergraduate degree programs under four Faculties: Natural Sciences, Engineering Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences and Education. You can get a degree in several fields: Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities, Social sciences etc
Open University Degrees and Courses
You can also enter
Kothalawala Defense University,
Ocean University or
Follow Graduate-ship offered by Institute of Chemistry
6. Professional Qualifications in Management – Accounting, HR or Marketing
Or you can follow courses to get Professional Qualifications.
Popular options in this category includes Management, Accounting, Marketing and Information Technology courses.
Popular Accounting courses are Chartered Accounting, CIMA, ACCA and AAT. Business Management, Marketing and Human Resource Management courses are offered by institutes such as NIBM, BSc Business Administration External degree at University of Sri Jayewardenepura, CIMA, CIM, PIM and many other by Private Institutes.
Read More on Accountancy courses and study options in Sri Lanka
7. IT – Information Technology and Computing
Computing and information Technology courses are offered by SLIIT, NIBM, APIIT, Informatics, IDM, ESOFT and many other Private Institutes. There are professional degrees in IT such as BCS/ ACS/ NCC.
There are many private engineering degree offering institutes.
How to select Private Engineering degree course in Sri Lanka
IESL Engineering Course
Mechatronics Engineering courses, degrees in Sri Lanka
Fisheries and Nautical Engineering
Marine or Aerospace Engineering degrees in Sri Lanka
9. Science and Medicine-
If you want to continue your classical subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics etc. you can register into Open University degree programs. Open University degrees are also well recognized and this is a low cost option to expensive foreign degree programs. Graduate-ship programs of Institute of Chemistry is also very popular among science students.
If you are looking for a career in Medical Sector, then you can follow Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), Physiotherapy or Pharmacology Courses
Foreign Medical degree courses
10. Study Abroad –
If you have money you can go to a country like USA, UK, Australia, Russia, and India and get a foreign degree. Many students follow Foreign Medical degree courses in Nepal, Russia, Bangladesh, China, India etc. British council offers advice for courses in UK, and Fulbright Scholarship Commission (Close to Ladies College, Colombo) offers advice on courses in USA.
11. Private Degrees –
There are two types of Private degrees you can do in Sri Lanka:
- Degrees recognized by (UGC ?)/ Ministry of Higher Education
- Degrees in affiliation with Foreign Universities
You can get a degree (B.Sc. and other) programs in Sri Lanka by following these degree programs. With these institutes you can get degrees in various subjects including Management, IT, Engineering, Bio-Medial Science, Health Sciences, Natural, Applied and Pure Sciences.
12. External/ Online Degrees –
You can follow an external degree (such as Science, Arts, Business Management or BIT), and now there are Online degree programs offered by several Sri Lankan and foreign universities.
External degrees at University of Sri Jayewardenepura
UGC recognized External Degree Programs offered by Universities
13. Technical and Other courses –
There are other free higher education courses such as Kotalawela defense university, Technical Colleges, National Colleges of Education (Vidya Peeta) and Agriculture Diplomas.
14. Law –
You can do law entrance examination and enter Law college to become a Lawyer.
15. Travel ,Tourism, Aviation, Architecture,
Sri Lanka Institute of Travel and Tourism Management (Hotel School)
Media etc. There are many other career options you can select after A/L.
Study Options suggested for A/L Biology student by Facebook support Group users
- Pharmacy course
- Open University
- Institute of Chemistry I Chem Degree
- Do A/L again and go to Campus
- Private Campus
- Biomedical Science
- Foreign Medical Degree
- Health Sector Courses
- HND courses
- Law – Become a lawyer
- IT, Computer Related
- Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource field – CIMA, Chartered etc.
- Select universities and courses in Sri Lankan Universities
- Degree programs in USA
- Local vs Foreign education
- Higher education choices for 18+ (after A/L)
- Student Lanka Course finder
Hi, I’m Nethmi. I did advanced level in biology stream in English medium and I’ve got 3C s. I’m planning to fly to another country for a job. As I’m just after a/l can I have an idea about a diploma course in this field without getting a degree?
follow a course at a private university or do open university
check this https://studentlanka.com/2021/10/09/open-university-foundation-course-get-a-degree-after-o-l-without-a-l/
Hi sir..i did my A/l in commerce stream and my results is BCS ..S is for acc .im an average student ..im willing to do a job can u pls suggest me a degree to follow sir.i will be grateful to you..
Achini Jayaweera says
Mn 2017 o/l kala. A-4, B-3, C-2. Mm maths & science kale english medium walin. Mm 2020 A/l kala. Thama results awet na. Me para exam ekat mata amarui. Mn dan mokdda kranna hodama de. Mn kranawa nm mona wage course ekakda kranna hoda. Kranna hoda thanak mokakda.
open university, private campus, external degree
Parami Saptharshana says
I did O/levels in english medium and A/levels in arts stream(german,eng.lit,economics).I prefer to do a job while studying further more.how can I get into this?
Sir which management degrees have more job opportunities in Sri Lanka?
(Without accounting degrees)
Imal welagedara says
Iam imalwelagedara from Kandy,I did gce a/l on maths stream and got only 3s passes in 2nd shy,I don’t like further higher education and please mention a good job for me
Mama maths kale.mata 2s apahu Karanna kamaththak na.mata hoda course ekak kiynna
Kavindu Shehan says
I did A/L s in 2019 from maths stream and I have got 2C and 1S pass what can I do now?
I did A/L in 2019. And I got C,S,S. I did A/L from Bio stream. I have no idea. Im stuck in two decisions. I will do A/L again? Or I will go on another path? Sir, Please give me a advise.
I’m Working on a bpo company as a team leader and I want to improve my skills.
I completed my A/L 2004 and my Result is 2B 1C after that I didn’t follow any higher degree.
I start work in bpo fields almost I have 15 years of experience in the field.
now I want to follow a degree can I start business management.
You can do external degree in Business Management
I finished my a/l s 2019 in commerce stream. I got 2B s and 1 c . I want to know which one is good to follow. HR or business administration ? Please tell me.
I did my a/l in 2019, in bio stream.I had BCS.what are the opportunities now I have.I haven’t any idea.please show me the correct path.
Read the post and select a career
I did a/l from commerce stream and I got 2 B s and 1 C. I want to know what is the most good one to do. HR or business administration? Please tell me sir
It is upto you to decide. But many students do business administration.
I did my A/l in 2018 as my 1st attempt and i’ve got just 2s
but last year i did my 2nd attempt and got 3s .I would like to become an Architecture. Pls guide me
I did my a/l in 2018 nd I got BBC in bio technology stream?will I get vidyapeeta entrance?what can I do now?
Mama anuththara mama 2021 private a/l liyanawa.ahema aya. Campus walada ganna wada. Dan thiyanawa chakralekayata anuwa..
kaushalya Dissanayaka says
I did my A/L exam in 2019 .. i had 3 s passes ( physical science -maths stream).. i want to work in people’s bank as a bank managr…. sir,what am i doing…..
I finished my A/L 2018 in bio stream. Result is CCS. What are the opportunities now i have? Do a job or Do a degree course ? I have no idea..please show me a path…
Fathima Naleefa says
I did A/l in bio stream. First attempt is 2018 results is 3S. I finished 2nd shy exam in 2019. I have no idea about my future. Please guide me……
Do A/L again or do a course as mentioned above.
Where are you from???
Hi sir.. Im Thasim.. I did my A/L exam on 2019.. and I have completed AAT before A/l.. And I’m very interested in teaching.. So can you help me with the courses or diploma programmes of teacher training
How to become teacher? Read this
I finished my a/ls this august. I want to join with a course which includes international relations which could help me to join with an embassy and do a job. But I followed Commerce stream for A/Ls. Please let me know further matters about my decision.
You can follow following courses
Diploma in International Relations.
Certificate Course in International Relations, at University of Colombo
But these courses will not guarantee a course in an embassy.
You need to do a degree and then join foreign service.
the impossible quiz says
Read the article above and You will understand recognition of OU degree is similar to other government degrees.