Browse the BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2 revision 01, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and other English language markets, available from www.bic.org.uk. You can also browse version 1.2 of the new Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme.

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Code Description
Y Children’s, teenage and educational
Do not use “Y” on individual books. Select appropriate code(s) from Section Y below
YB Picture books, activity books and early learning material
Do not use “YB” on individual books, but select from YB* codes below. With YB* codes, also assign appropriate 5A* Reading Age/Level Qualifier where possible
YD Children’s and teenage poetry, anthologies, annuals
Do not use “YD” on individual books, but select from YD* codes below. With YD* codes, also assign appropriate 5A* Reading Age/Level Qualifier where possible
YF Children’s and teenage fiction and true stories
Use YF* codes for all fiction and true stories that read like fiction. With YF* codes, ALWAYS also assign appropriate 5A* Reading Age/Level Qualifier. For fiction anthologies, use YDC “Anthologies (Children’s/Teenage) with appropriate YF* code. For fiction dealing with specific social or personal issues, use YF* code with appropriate code from YX “Personal and social issues” and following. For school editions of fiction texts (ie typically with introduction, critical notes, etc), use YQEF “School editions of fiction texts” with appropriate YF* code
YN Children’s and teenage: general non-fiction
Do not use “YN” on individual books, but select from YN* codes below. Use YN* codes for all non-fiction non-educational general interest material not covered elsewhere. With YN* codes, also assign appropriate 5A* Reading Age/Level Qualifier where possible
YQ Educational material
Do not use “YQ” on individual books, but select from YQ* codes below. With YQ* codes, ALWAYS use assign also appropriate Educational Purpose qualifier. For teacher’s classroom resources, use JNUM “Teachers’ classroom resources and material” plus appropriate YQ* code(s). For home learning material, use 4Y. Use YQ* codes for primary and secondary educational material up to and including minimum school leaving age (GCSE in England and Wales, Standard Grade in Scotland); for further education, advanced level and vocational qualifications, use adult categories
YR Children’s and teenage reference material
Do not use “YR” on individual books, but select from YR* codes below
YX Personal and social issues
Use YX* codes alone or with other Y* codes indicating type of book. Use with appropriate YF* code for fiction designed to deal with these issues
YZ Children’s stationery and miscellaneous items
Use only for non-book items for children not able to be classified with any other Y* code. For gift books for children, use YBGT “Novelty, toy and die-cut books”


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