Task 5: Certificate Ratings
Vincent Yau
U Certificate
 The U symbol stands for Universal. A U film
should be suitable for audiences aged four
years and over. It ...
What can/cannot show in U
Film
 Language: A U film allow very mild bad language
such as ‘damn’, ‘hell’.
 Sexual Content:...
PG Certificate
 PG stands for Parental Guidance.
 A PG film is suitable for general
viewing, but it may include certain
...
What can/cannot show in PG
Film
 Language:It may include bad language such as
‘shit’ or ‘son of a bitch’ if there is too ...
12/12A Certificate
 12A means that anyone aged 12 or
over can go and see the film
unaccompanied. The A stands for
'accomp...
What can/cannot show in 12/12A
Film
 Language: there may be strong language (eg
'f***') at 12 or 12A, but it must be infr...
15 Certificate
 No-one under 15 is allowed to see a
15 film at the cinema or buy/rent a ‘15’
rated DVD. 15 rated works ar...
What can/cannot show in 15 Film
 Language: There is limit on the number of uses of
strong language in a 15 film. There ma...
18 Certificate
 Films rated 18 are for adults. No-one
under 18 is allowed to see an 18 film
at the cinema or buy/rent an ...
What can/cannot show in 18 Film
 Language: There is no limit on the number of uses of
strong language which can be passed...
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  1. 1. Task 5: Certificate Ratings Vincent Yau
  2. 2. U Certificate  The U symbol stands for Universal. A U film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over. It is the lower end of the category range so it is impossible to predict what is not suitable for specific child.
  3. 3. What can/cannot show in U Film  Language: A U film allow very mild bad language such as ‘damn’, ‘hell’.  Sexual Content: It does not contain sexual behavior, or language however, characters may be seen kissing or cuddling.  Violence: A U film may include fight scenes or when characters are in danger. Bad characters may carry or use weapons, but there will be no focus on these.  Drugs: It will not contain illegal drugs or drugs misuse unless there is a clear anti-drugs or educational message which will be understood by a younger audience.
  4. 4. PG Certificate  PG stands for Parental Guidance.  A PG film is suitable for general viewing, but it may include certain scenes which is not suitable for younger children.  A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. Parents should consider whether the content might upset younger or more sensitive children.
  5. 5. What can/cannot show in PG Film  Language:It may include bad language such as ‘shit’ or ‘son of a bitch’ if there is too much bad language, a work may be passed at the next category.  Sexual Content: References to sex are acceptable if the activity talked about or shown is implied and lacking in detail.  Violence: There should be no detail of violence in a PG work, so while there might be some blood, we would not see how the injury was inflicted in strong detail.  Drugs: Drugs may shown in a PG film if there is a clear anti-drugs or educational message likely to be understood by children over eight.
  6. 6. 12/12A Certificate  12A means that anyone aged 12 or over can go and see the film unaccompanied. The A stands for 'accompanied' and 'advisory'. Children younger than 12 may see the film if they are accompanied by an adult who must watch the film with them.  The 12 certificate is just for videos, DVDs and Blu-rays. 12A is for films at the cinema only.
  7. 7. What can/cannot show in 12/12A Film  Language: there may be strong language (eg 'f***') at 12 or 12A, but it must be infrequent. There may be moderate language (eg uses of terms such as ‘bitch’ and ‘twat’ at 12 or 12A).  Sexual Content: Sex may be briefly and discreetly portrayed. There may be nudity in 12A films but sexual nudity should only be brief and discreet.  Violence: Violence is allowed but it should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if they can be justified by their context  Drugs: There may be infrequent sight of drugs misuse in a 12 or a 12A but the portrayal should not be glamorised or provide instructional details.
  8. 8. 15 Certificate  No-one under 15 is allowed to see a 15 film at the cinema or buy/rent a ‘15’ rated DVD. 15 rated works are not suitable for children under 15 years of age.
  9. 9. What can/cannot show in 15 Film  Language: There is limit on the number of uses of strong language in a 15 film. There may be uses of the strongest terms, although continued or aggressive use will not normally be passed 15.  Sexual Content: sexual activity can be portrayed, as long as there is no strong or graphic detail. Some sex scenes can be quite long at this category and may involve some nudity and movement. Nudity may be allowed but there should be no strong detail.  Violence: It should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury, however, and the strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable.  Drugs: drug taking may be shown but the work as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse. The misuse of easily accessible and highly dangerous substances like aerosols or solvents is unlikely to be acceptable at 15.
  10. 10. 18 Certificate  Films rated 18 are for adults. No-one under 18 is allowed to see an 18 film at the cinema or buy/rent an 18 rated DVD. No 18 rated works are suitable for children.
  11. 11. What can/cannot show in 18 Film  Language: There is no limit on the number of uses of strong language which can be passed at 18. There may be racist, homophobic or other discriminatory language at 18.  Sexual Content: There can be strong and detailed portrayals of sex at 18, including full nudity. There are no constraints on nudity in a non-sexual or educational context.  Very strong, crude and explicit sex references are permitted at 18.  Violence: Violence can be strong and be portrayed with strong detail. There may even be dwelling on the infliction of pain or injury, or scenes of strong sadistic or sexual violence.  The strongest gory images are permitted at this category.  Drugs: drug taking may be shown but the work as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse.

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