Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • listen to the website using a screen reader (tested using Pericles TTS plugin and Google Chrome)
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • transcripts and subtitles are available for most video content

Useful accessibility information

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Some admin users may have access to a WYSIWYG editor (CKEditor 4) which enables them to add short custom text blocks to this site. A guide to the accessibility support available for that editor is available here.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Most of the PDF documents on the site aren’t 100% accessible. However, they can generally be read with screen-reader software and are searchable. It is the metadata and structure of the files that need improving
  • Some videos don't yet have captions and/or transcripts, but this is being worked on and they will be available in 2022.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please email explaining your issue.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

We are committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Many older PDFs are not accessible in a number of ways including missing document structure and missing metadata. However, they can be searched, and can be read using screen reader software.  We aim to go through and make all PDFs on the site fully accessible in 2022. A more specific timeframe for this will be provided shortly. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

A small number of videos do not have captions and/or transcripts. The missing content is currently in the process of being uploaded and we aim to have this completed in 2022. A more specific timeframe will be provided shortly.

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 30/11/2020. It was last updated on 07/10/2022.
This website was last tested on 19/01/2021. The test was carried out internally by Skills for Study staff.

We have reviewed all page templates to test the website.

This accessibility statement is based on the sample version provided by the UK Government.