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 www.bic.org.uk.

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
Y Children’s, teenage and educational
Do not use “Y” on individual books. Select appropriate code(s) from Section Y 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
YXL Personal and social issues: self-awareness and self-esteem (Children’s/Teenage)


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