Table 1

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)* age-rated restriction categories for films viewed in UK cinemas

CategoryDescription
Universal (U)Suitable for all audiences
Parent Guidance (PG)General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children
12/12A(12) Suitable for 12 years and older, (12A) under 12s must be accompanied by an adult
15Suitable for 15 years and over
18Suitable for 18 years and older
  • * The BBFC is the independent, non-government body funded through fees from films submitted, which classifies films into age categories based on each film's suitability for viewing by the audience to advise local authorities, who license cinemas under the Licensing Act 2003.17

  • 12- and 12A-rated films have been amalgamated since the 12A film rating replaced the 12 rating for cinema film viewing in 2002.