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Arts Stream

In Arts stream students follow various subjects: Sinhala, Logic, Political Science, Geography, Buddhist Civilization, English Literature, Japanese, History and Drama. Read more on subject combinations for A/L arts stream.
Subject Combinations for A/L Arts Students
For G.C.E Advanced Level examination, you can select three (3) subjects from within five (5) main subject streams namely Arts, Commerce,  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.
Available subjects 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

  1. Social Sciences/ Applied Social studies 
  1. Religious and Civilization
  1. Aesthetics
  1. Languages
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 areas
  • 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
Aesthetic Subjects
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.
Language Subjects
The new Educational Reforms have encouraged the students to learn International Languages.
Language subjects are offered in three different categories.
  1. National languages (Sinhala,Tamil,English)
  1. Classical Languages (Arabic, Pali, Sanskrit)
  1. 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.
  • Sinhala,Tamil,English
  • 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.

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    Commerce stream

    Popular subjects in commerce stream consist of Economics, Business Studies and Accounting. However you can select other subject combinations also in Commerce stream.


    Economics is the study of the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services (wealth) in human society. Economics can analyze and predict individual behavior as well as the effects of institutions such as firms and governments, or clubs and religions.


    Accounting is the art of recording, summarizing, reporting, and analyzing financial transactions.

    Accountants use the work done by bookkeepers to produce and analyze financial reports. Although accounting follows the same principles and rules as bookkeeping, an accountant can design a system that will capture all of the details necessary to satisfy the needs of the business — managerial, financial reporting, projection, analysis, and tax reporting. A good accountant will create a system of financial reporting that gives a complete picture of a business.

    Business studies

    Business studies is about the world of business and it explores important features such as environments, markets, processes and organizations while examining their inter-relationships. Business is the social science of managing people to organize and maintain collective productivity toward accomplishing particular creative and productive goals, usually to generate profit.

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    Science stream

    Science stream consists of Biological science or Physical Science. In Biological Science stream you have to follow Biology, Chemistry and Physics (or Agriculture). Physical science stream includes Physics, Chemistry and Combined Mathematics.


    Biology is the science that deals with living things. It includes zoology (the study of animal life), botany (the study of plant life), microbiology (the study of microorganisms), human biology, cytology (the study of cells), anatomy, physiology, genetics, evolution and diversity.

    Pursuing a career in biology can be immensely rewarding and exciting. Popular career option is to become a Doctor. But the knowledge in biology, increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and helps us address issues of personal well being and worldwide concern, such as environmental depletion, threats to human health, and maintaining viable and abundant food supplies.


    Chemistry is the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions. It is not an isolated discipline, and it merges into physics and biology.

    Understanding chemistry helps you to understand the world around you. Everything you can touch or taste or smell is a chemical. When you study chemistry, you come to understand a bit about how things work. If you know some chemistry, you can make educated choices about everyday products that you use.


    Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other.

    This energy can take the form of motion, light, electricity, radiation, gravity. Physics deals with matter on scales ranging from sub-atomic particles (i.e. the particles that make up the atom and the particles that make up those particles) to stars and even entire galaxies.

    In a broader sense, physics can be seen as the most fundamental of the natural sciences. Chemistry, for example, can be viewed as a complex application of physics, as it focuses on the interaction of energy and matter in chemical systems. We also know that biology is, at its heart, an application of chemical properties in living things, which means that it is also, ultimately, ruled by the physical laws.

    Because physics covers so much area, it is divided into several specific fields of study, such as electronics, quantum physics, astronomy, and biophysics.

    Combined Mathematics

    Mathematics (maths) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement. The term Combined Mathematics is used to describe Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.

    Today, mathematics is used throughout the world in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, and the social sciences such as economics. Applied mathematics, the application of mathematics to such fields, inspires and makes use of new mathematical discoveries and sometimes leads to the development of entirely new disciplines.

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    Technology stream

    For Technology stream you need to follow three subjects as follows:

      1. Science for Technology
      2. Engineering Technology or Bio-system technology
      3. Select the third subject from 10 subjects including English, Information Technology, Economics, Geography, Commerce, Accounting, and Arts etc.

    Sri Lankan GCE Advanced Level students can now select Technology stream. This is taught in some selected schools in Sri Lanka from 2013. First batch of students sat GCE A/L examination in 2015, and they entered Universities in 2017, This post explains subject combinations you should follow in this technology stream, list of schools that conduct this stream, download links of Syllabuses and Teacher guides, and future prospects of following theses subjects.