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
J Society and social sciences
JN Education
JNA Philosophy and theory of education
JNB History of education
Class here: history of specific schools, colleges, etc
JNC Educational psychology
JNF Educational strategies and policy
JNH Education: care and counselling of students
JNK Organization and management of education
JNL Schools
See also: VSK “Advice on education” for general guides for parents and students
JNM Higher and further education, tertiary education
See also: VSK “Advice on education” for general guides for parents and students
JNP Adult education, continuous learning
See also: VSL “Adult literacy guides and handbooks”; VSN “Adult numeracy guides and handbooks”
JNQ Open learning, home learning, distance education
JNR Careers guidance
JNS Teaching of specific groups and persons with special educational needs
JNT Teaching skills and techniques
Class here: classroom control, mentoring
JNU Teaching of a specific subject
Note: assign also the code for the subject taught, using YQ* Educational codes where appropriate
JNV Educational equipment and technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)
JNW Extra-curricular activities
Class here: sporting activities, festivals, concerts, plays, fetes, etc
JNZ Study and learning skills: general

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