How to Choose A Proper Stream for A/L’s in Sri Lanka?

After finishing O/L’s you may be confusing on what to do for A/L’s. You have to find the exact answer for this question since this would affect your future carrier and how you live in the rest of life. So, you have to take the correct decision, not something that someone else want you to do, but to select the exact area that you want to expertise in future. To achieve that task this article will help you to have a clear understanding about the different streams available to study in Advanced Level in Sri Lanka.

There are 7 subject streams available for you to do in A/L’s

  1. Arts stream
  2. Commerce stream
  3. Biological science stream
  4. Physical science stream
  5. Engineering technology stream
  6. Biosystems technology stream
  7. Information communication technology

There are various subject combinations under each of the above streams. Here I am not going to explain them all. Apart from that I will tell you what are the courses available for each of above streams in Sri Lankan universities. Then you can have an idea about what steam should I select. After that you can find the subjects yourself which you have to study to apply for your desired university course under the respective stream.

Here are the courses available in Sri Lankan universities for different subject streams.

Arts Stream

  1. Arts (SP)
  2. Arts(SAD)
  3. Communication Studies
  4. Peace & Conflict Resolution
  5. Islamic Studies
  6. Arabic Language
  7. Teaching English as a Second language (TESL)
  8. Music ,Dancing, Drama and Theatre and Visual Arts in the University of the Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo
  9. Music, Dance and Art & Design in the Ramanathan Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Jaffna
  10. Music, Dance, Drama and Theatre and Visual & Technological Arts in the Swami Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies of Eastern University, Sri Lanka

Commerce Stream

  1. Management
  2. Management (Public) Special
  3. Estate Management and Valuation
  4. Commerce
  5. Management Studies (TV)
  6. Business Information Systems (Special) (BIS)

Biological Science Stream

  1. Medicine/Dental Surgery/Veterinary Science
  2. Agricultural Technology and Management
  3. Agriculture
  4. Food Science and Nutrition
  5. Food Science and Technology
  6. Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
  7. Unani Medicine and Surgery
  8. Siddha Medicine and Surgery
  9. Biological Science
  10. Applied Sciences (Biological Science)
  11. Health Promotion
  12. Nursing
  13. Pharmacy
  14. Medical Laboratory Sciences
  15. Radiography
  16. Physiotherapy
  17. Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
  18. Fisheries and Marine Sciences
  19. Environmental Conservation and Management
  20. Animal Science and Fisheries
  21. Food Production and Technology Management
  22. Agricultural Resource Management &. Technology
  23. Agribusiness Management
  24. Green Technology
  25. Animal Science
  26. Export Agriculture
  27. Aquatic Resources Technology

Physical Science Stream 

  1. Engineering
  2. Engineering (EM) – Earth Resources Engineering
  3. Engineering (TM) – Textile and Clothing Technology
  4. Physical Science
  5. Computer Science
  6. Applied Sciences (Physical Science)
  7. Transport and Logistics Management
  8. Industrial Statistics and Mathematical Finance
  9. Statistics and Operations Research
  10. Computing and Information Systems
  11. Physical Science – ICT

Engineering Technology Stream

  1. Engineering Technology (ET)

Biosystems Technology Stream

  1. Biosystems Technology (BST)

Information Communication Technology

  1. Information Communication Technology

At the same time there are several courses that suits any stream mentioned above. You can apply for any of these courses regardless of the steam you have studied.

  1. Information Technology (IT)
  2. Management and Information Technology (MIT)
  3. Quantity Surveying
  4. Town and Country Planning
  5. Architecture
  6. Fashion Design and Product Development
  7. Landscape Architecture
  8. Design
  9. Law
  10. Facilities Management
  11. Computation Management
  12. Management and Information Technology (SEUSL)
  13. Science and Technology
  14. Computer Science and technology
  15. Entrepreneurship and Management
  16. Tea Technology and Value Addition
  17. Industrial Information Technology
  18. Mineral Resources and Technology
  19. Palm and Latex Technology and Value Addition
  20. Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management
  21. Physical Education
  22. Sports Science and Management
  23. Speech and Hearing Sciences
  24. Information Technology and Management
  25. Tourism and Hospitality Management
  26. Information Systems
  27. Translation Studies
  28. Film and Television Studies
  29. Project Management
  30. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  31. Software Engineering
  32. Food Business Management
  33. Marine and Fresh Water Sciences
  34. Business Science

So, if you have just finished O/L’s, don’t waste your time. Go through the above list and think about what you should do. Then start learning now. Select a proper steam which inspires you. You will definitely get a good mark on it.


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