12A: Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over


12A certificate (A means Adult/Advisory) is a certificate given by the BBFC that states that persons under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian for the duration of the film. It replaced 12 for cinema in 2002 (during a Norwich trial, when the certificate was known as "PG-12"), and is not used for video. The BBFC does not recommend that persons under 12 see a 12A movie. The adult must also purchase the movie ticket for a 12A film when bringing kids under 12 in.

Since accompanied viewing cannot be enforced at the home, the 12 certificate is instead issued for video releases (e.g. VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray).

The Bourne Identity was the first film to be classified as a 12A.


British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
BBFC U.svg BBFC PG.svg BBFC 12A.svg BBFC 12.svg BBFC 15.svg BBFC 18.svg BBFC R18.svg

Formerly used certificates: A | H | X | AA | Uc | PG-12

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.