Faculty of
NATURAL SCIENCES

Advanced Certificate in Science programme (ACS)

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The Advanced Certificate in Science Programme  (ACS) is designed to encourage those without the basic entry qualifications to pursue higher studies in Bachelor of Degree, Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BIT) and  Bachelor of Industrial Studies (BIS) programmes to achieve such qualifications.

Courses are delivered according to the Level 2 of the Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQF) (equivalent to GCE (Advanced Level).

The credit content of courses is thirty (30) per each level, which will include six (6) courses, each of five (5) credit weightage totaling up to ten (10) credit of courses each for a discipline. The main disciplines are Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. The courses will be offered by the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Those who have sat GCE (A/L) in the Science stream, may complete the Advanced Certificate in Science Programme in one year if they pass the selection test to exempt Level 2 -part 1. They will have to do ONLY Level 2 -Part 2 (30 credits)

Those who have NOT sat for GCE (A/L) in the Science stream or do not PASS the Exemption test, they will have to complete Level 2 -part 1 (30 credits) and Level 2 -part 2 (30 credits) in two years to obtain the Advanced Certificate in Science

Programme Category:
Advanced Certificate in Science Programme
Conducted by:
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Programme Duration :
2 Years (for non-Science students); one year for (Science students)
Medium :
Sinhala/ English/ Tamil

Entry requirements
(a) At least six (06) passes at the G.C.E (O/L) examination including Mathematics and Science, or equivalent local /foreign qualification from a recognized University/ institute, or
(b) Any equivalent or higher qualification acceptable to the Senate.
(c) Exemptions shall be granted for Part 1 courses (Level 2 -part 1), if students have followed the relevant subject in the GCE (A/L) and obtain at least of 40% overall marks at the Exemption Tests conducted by the OUSL.
(d) Over 18 years of age

Online application has to be made through

https://reginfo.ou.ac.lk/applyonline/admin/index.php

from 01st December 2022

Application Fee: Rs. 500.00
Tuition fee per Credit: Rs. 1,240.00
Facility fee: Rs.  2,500.00

 

 

 

The tuition fee can be paid in installments. The first installment should be paid at the time of registration with the registration fee and the facility fee.

Regulation for Advanced Certificate in Science Programme

 

Address :
Mr. D.R. Kulatunga (programem coordinator) drkul@ou.ac.lk
Room No 22-1, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda.
Contact :
+94-112881091   Ext. 591
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Eligibility for Admission to the Programme of Study of Bachelor of Science 

A person seeking admission to the Programme of Study leading to the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Science shall be required to have;
1. a minimum of three (03) Pass grades at the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination, Sri Lanka, in three (03) science subjects, from among  Biology, Chemistry, Combined Mathematics, Physics, Agricultural Science and Information and Communication Technology  OR,

2. PASS grades in all the courses offered in three (03) science subjects, from among Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Combined Mathematics, in Advanced Certificate in Science offered by the Open University of Sri Lanka OR,

3. A combination of GCE (A/L) results in any sittings + courses passed from Advanced Certificate in Science can be used as admission requirements for BSc degree programme

E.g. 1 If a student pass Biology in GCE (A/L) and passed chemistry and physics in ACS programme,                                 the student can combine these results to admit for BSc degree programme
E.g.2 If a student pass Agricultural Science in GCE (A/L) and passed chemistry and biology in ACS                                 programme, the student can combine these results to admit for BSc degree programme

 

Eligibility requirements for degree programmes offered by Faculty of Engineering Technology

For the Programme of Study of Bachelor of Engineering Technology
You need to obtain the Advanced Certificate of Science Certificate or three passes in GCE (A/L) in one sitting (chemistry, physics, Combined mathematics)

  • If you have done your GCE A/L’s in the Physical Sciences Stream If you have one pass in GCE (A/L)/two passes in GCE (A/L), we recommend that you sit the you need to sit for exemption test for all three subjects (chemistry, physics, Combined mathematics) and PASS the exemption test for all three subjects.
  • Passing the exemption tests may give you the opportunity to claim up to 50% of course credits as exemptions (Level 2  – part 1 will be exempted), which may enable you to complete the ACS programme within a minimum one year period.
  • All other students who do not fall into both above categories, will have to register for Level 2 part 1 (first year) and pass it and could sit for Level 2 part 2 (second year) (can complete the ACS in two years)

 

For Programme of Study of Bachelor of Software Engineering

  • Obtained passes for any three subjects at the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination, Sri Lanka, excluding General English and General Information Technology subjects, or,
  • Completed any Advanced Certificate programme offered by the Open University
    of Sri Lanka,

For Programme of Study of Bachelor of Industrial Studies (Textile)

  • obtained three passes in any stream, at the General Certificate of Education(Advanced Level) Examination, Sri Lanka, in one sitting, or,
  • Completed any Advanced Certificate programme offered by the Open University
    of Sri Lanka

For Programme of Study of Bachelor of Industrial Studies (Agriculture)

  • obtained a pass in Biology at the General Certificate in Education (Advanced Level) Examination, Sri Lanka and any other two subjects from among the subjects Chemistry, Physics, Combined mathematics and Agriculture in one sitting, or
  • Obtained, a pass in Biology and any other two subjects of all the courses of chemistry, physics or Combined mathematics from the Advanced Certificate in Science Programme offered by the Open University of Sri Lanka
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