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
JNM Higher and further education, tertiary education
See also: VSK “Advice on education” for general guides for parents and students
JNMF Colleges of further education
Class here: colleges offering vocational and technical courses, TAFE
JNMH Colleges of higher education
Class here: colleges offering advanced and higher level non-degree academic courses
JNMN Universities
JNMT Teacher training

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