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