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Advanced Higher English - project-dissertation

Project-dissertation 2023  (All links open as PDF files)

An analysis of the narrative techniques employed by Laurie Lee and Lorna Sage to explore the theme of childhood in their novels "Cider with Rosie" and "Bad Blood" respectively.


Project-dissertation 2022  (All links open as PDF files)

An exploration of narcissism in The Secret History by Donna Tartt.


Project-dissertation 2021  (All links open as PDF files except where indicated otherwise)

How does Catholicism influence relationships in Brideshead Revisited?

Comparative analysis of psychological impacts resulting from life under totalitarian rule in ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

A critical comparison of Poe’s exploration of madness in ‘The Tell-tale Heart’, ‘The Black Cat’ and ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’

An exploration of how Thomas Hardy uses characterisation, symbolism and key events in ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ and ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ to convey his condemnation of the treatment of women in the Victorian era


Project-dissertation 2019  (All links open as PDF files)

How does The Color Purple reveal the themes of oppression and empowerment?

Rejecting the Single Story: a literary examination of how Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie develops the characters of Ugwu and Olanna throught their experiences of the Biafran War in her novel Half of a Yellow Sun

A study of Margaret Atwood's exploration of identity in The Edible Woman (1969)


Project-dissertation 2016  (All links open as PDF files)

From session 2019/20 onwards, the word count for the Advanced Higher English project: dissertation will increase to a maximum of 3,500 words (was previously 3,000 words). None of these examples reflect the revised word count however, they all remain valid and continue to exemplify national standards. Please also note that the marking instructions for the project dissertation have not changed. You should view these materials in conjunction with the revised Advanced Higher English course specification. 

Candidate 1 - Comparative analysis of vengeance in Euripides and Sophocles

Candidate 2 - Eliot and existentialism in The Four Quartets

Candidate 3 - A critical analysis of the theme of seeing clearly in Jane Austen

Candidate 4 - The Byronic hero in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights

Candidate 5 - Free will and choice in Trainspotting and A Clockwork Orange

Candidate 6 - The varying moods of Sylvia Plath in her poetry

Candidate 7 - Female emancipation in The Color Purple and Beloved

Candidate 8 - The theme of growing up in The Cement Garden and Atonement

Candidate 9 - Religion, belief and worship in Small Gods and American Gods

Candidate 10 - Orwell's portrayal of social injustices in fiction and non-fiction

Candidate 11 has been repackaged and is now Candidate 1 in the 2021 section with new candidate commentary