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 You can also browse version 1.2 of the new Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme.

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Code Description
4 Educational purpose qualifiers
Do not use “4” on individual books, as it is not a valid qualifier code; select appropriate qualifier code(s) from Section 4 below
4E ELT examinations and certificates
4K Designed / suitable for UK curricula and examinations
4M International curricula and examinations
4P Designed / suitable for other (non-UK) curricula and examinations
4W Designed for differentiated learning
Class here: material designed for special needs
4Y Designed for home learning

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