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
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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