BCS70 Age 42 survey (2012-13)

The BCS70 Age 42 survey took place between 1st May 2012 to the 30th April 2013.


9,841 cohort members took part in total.


A 60 minute face-to-face interview comprising a CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interview) and a 16 page CASI paper self-completion questionnaire.  In addition to the core interview the Age 42 interview also involved:

  • An assessment of adult vocabulary
  • Collection of consents to data linkage

More information about the coverage of each element of the survey and the downloadable questionnaires are provided here. A full description of the design of the Age 42 survey is provided here.


The data are available from the UK Data Service.  Guidance on how to use the data is provided here.


Fieldwork was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Fast facts:

  • Survey age: Age 42
  • Survey year: 2013
  • Response: 9,841
  • UK Data Service reference code: 7473
  • PI: Alice Sullivan, IOE
  • Fieldwork agency: TNS-BMRB
  • Funder: ESRC