BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
W Lifestyle, sport and leisure
Note: many headings in Section W relate closely to headings in other sections. Use Section W for popular accounts for general readership; prefer Sections A, K, P, R, T, etc, as appropriate, for serious, specialist and academic works. Do not use “W” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section W below
WF Handicrafts, decorative arts and crafts
Note: use WF* codes for practical, ‘how-to’ and hobbyist approaches; prefer codes from Section A where appropriate for art history and criticism approaches
WFA Painting and art manuals
WFB Needlework and fabric crafts
WFC Ropework, knots and macramé
WFF Rug and carpetmaking
WFG Spinning and weaving
WFH Toys: making and decorating
Includes soft toys, dolls, dolls’ houses etc
WFJ Jewellery and beadcraft
WFK Decorative finishes and surfaces
Class here: decoupage
WFL Decorative wood and metalwork
Class here: box-making
WFN Pottery, ceramics and glass crafts
WFS Carving and modelling, moulding and casting
Class here: woodcarving, resin and plaster work, doughcraft, candle-making, etc
WFT Book and paper crafts
WFU Lettering and calligraphy
WFV Rural crafts
WFW Flower arranging and floral crafts

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