Web accessibility

Web accessibility is the practice of making website content available to all users, particularly those with disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities.

We aim to provide an accessible virtual learning environment (VLE) that gives all learners and staff full access to the information and services, which are offered on this VLE.

We aim to conform with the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines(link is external) (WCAG) as far as if possible within the VLE.

Compliance with web accessibility is an ongoing process which we are regularly working to improve. If you experience problems accessing any of the information on the VLE, please contact an IT technician and we will try our best to fix the problem or provide the information in an alternative format.

Changing the text size

  • Internet Explorer: select View > Text size, or hold Ctrl and roll your mouse wheel if you have one
  • Mozilla Firefox: select View > Text size, or hold Ctrl and roll your mouse wheel if you have one
  • Opera: select View > Zoom, or hold Ctrl and roll your mouse wheel if you have one
  • Safari: select View > Make text bigger, or hold Ctrl and roll your mouse wheel if you have one

How do I change the colours?

You can use your web browswer options to choose your own colours. Depending on which web browser you are using, this can be done in the following ways:

  • Internet Explorer: select Tools > Internet Options > General > Colors
  • Mozilla Firefox: select Tools > Options > Content > Colors
  • Opera: select Tools > Preferences > Fonts and Page Style
  • Safari: select Safari > Preferences > Appearance

How do I change the speed and buttons on my mouse?

If you are using a Microsoft Windows computer, you can change a number of control options on your mouse, including the speed of the pointer or the wheel, how quickly you need to double-click, and swapping the buttons for left and right-handed use.

To change your mouse options, click the Start button in the bottom left of your screen and select Control Panel > Mouse.

If you are using an Apple Macintosh computer, please visit the Apple Accessibility website for more information on how to change your settings.

Video content

W3C recommends that all transcripts are available from videos on the site. Transcripts are available on request from us if needed. Please contact an IT technician outlining the content that the transcript is needed for.


These are available by clicking the 'CC' button in the player on the page.

Further useful links to help you with accessibility issues

If you find a keyboard or mouse hard to use:

If you can't see very well:

Last modified: Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 3:28 PM