Northampton College is committed to complying with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Therefore, the content on the College websites are intended to be able to be accessible to all and any issues with accessibility or assistive technology are listed in this statement.

View the site your way

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

  • Change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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

Feedback and contact information

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille.

We will consider your request and get back to you within 10 days, when we will confirm what we can do to help you and offer advice.

If you cannot view the map on our contact us page, alternatively you can call 01604 734567 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our websites. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Enforcement procedure 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website's accessibility

Northampton College is committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

Our websites are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard. Actions required to ensure full compliance are listed below.

Non-accessible content

Not everything will work on our websites for everyone. We have listed issues below which we need to fix.

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Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The following issues are what we need to fix and are working towards doing so.

Links without meaningful purpose 

Some of the website links are not labelled clearly. This means that links do not make sense when taken out of context, and for some links it is not possible to know what the purpose of the link is (for example, ‘click here’ should not be used, there needs to be a description of where the link takes you). (WCAG: 2.4.4 Purposeful link text).

We will correct link text over time as we review each page.

Issues with interactive elements

Some of our interactive elements don't have the required descriptive tags and labels. This means some of our interactive widgets such as carousels (e.g. where a number of pictures are shown in a cycle) don't inform screen reader users of the current state of the widget (WCAG: 4.1.2 Name, Role Value, 4.1.3 Status Messages).

We will correct interactive elements and widgets over time as we review each page.

Contrast issues

Some pages contain low contrast between the text and the background colour. This can cause text to be difficult to read, especially for people with low vision, colour blindness or poor eyesight.

In the meantime, you can change the colours and contrast of this website to your preference by using a variety of third party tools such as Change Colors for Chrome and Color Changer for Firefox. Alternatively, a high contrast viewer such as High Contrast for Chrome may make your viewing experience better. (WCAG: 1.4.3 Contrast (minimum)).

We will correct the contrast over time as we continue to test and assess each page.

Image issues

Some images have missing alternative text or not enough description of what the image is showing. People who use screen readers rely on these descriptions to understand the purpose of the image and its content. (WCAG: 1.1.1 (non-text content).

We will correct this issue over time as we continue to test and assess each page.

Video/audio

There are some videos and audio on the websites which do not have captions or transcriptions available. The regulations do not require to add captions and transcriptions until new content is created after September 2020 (WCAG: 1.2.2 Captions (pre-recorded)).

We will correct this issue over time as we continue to test and assess each page.

Content that's not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

The following issues are what we do not need to fix and are exemptions to the law.

Portable Document Formats (PDF) and other documents

Some of our older PDFs and Word documents that are not essential to providing our services were published before 23rd September 2018. We are in the process of working towards strategies which will ensure all new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet the accessibility standards.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix documents which are on our VLE but hidden from student use.

If you are having trouble accessing these documents, you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Third-party content

Our websites contain third-party content. Examples are eStream videos and H5P interactive content. We do not have control over and are not responsible for the accessibility of this content.

Links to respective third-party accessibility statements:

Moodle
eStream
H5P
Turnitin
eBook Central

Where we pay for third-party content we are working with the suppliers to ensure that they have published and compliant accessibility statements.

Support for searchBOX (centralised, independent directory of third-party accessibility information)

To help accessibility compliance across the sector, Northampton College supports searchBOX, a centralised, independent directory of third-party accessibility information.

searchBOX catalogues the contact information and accessibility statements of third-party suppliers, enables the sharing of community-generated accessibility statements, and allows users to map their supplier ecosystem.

Users can access third-party accessibility statements using the free searchBOX Finder service. Northampton College encourages all our partners and suppliers to support this effort by ensuring that their accessibility information is included in the searchBOX directory.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared by the Northampton College Quality Team and approved by the College Management Team on 22/09/20. It will be formally reviewed on a termly basis.

This website was last tested in September 2020. The test was carried out by Northampton College.

Guidance of staff creating accessible content

The College has compiled information for staff on creating accessible content and will continue to add to and amend information over time.

This includes simple accessibility checks, use of fonts, formatting, colours and images.

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