Welcome to the 1970 British Cohort Study

Principal Investigator: Prof Alice Sullivan

The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) follows the lives of more than 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1970. Over the course of cohort members lives, the BCS70 has collected information on health, physical, educational and social development, and economic circumstances among other factors.

The BCS70 is managed by CLS and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

You can find out more about the 1970 British Cohort Study by viewing an interview with its Principal Investigator, Alice Sullivan below.

The surveys

Since the birth survey in 1970, there have been eight ‘sweeps’ of all cohort members at ages 5, 10, 16, 26, 30, 34, 38 and 42. For more information on each of these surveys, visit our surveys pages.

The data

The data for all BCS70 sweeps are available from the UK Data Service. For more information, see our accessing the data page.

Support available

This section of our website offers tools and information to help researchers use the data. If you need further support, please contact our user support team.

Contact us

If you can’t find the help you need on our surveys and documentation pages, please contact clsfeedback@ioe.ac.uk

If you have queries regarding downloading the data, please contact the UK Data Service.