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Hartlepool College of Further Education is committed to providing online information and services accessible to the widest possible audience, including disabled users. Our website can easily be adjusted to suit your particular needs.

Introduction to HCFE website accessibility

This website is run by Hartlepool College of Further Education and is on the domain.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website so we have provided the means for you to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 500% without the text being affected
  • 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

The text on our website has been made as simple as possible to understand.

Customising the HCFE website

There are a number of simple steps you can do to customise the appearance of the HCFE website making it easier to read and navigate.

Display settings

The following display settings can be changed in order to make our website easier to read and navigate:

  • text size
  • colour and contrast
  • screen magnification
  • style sheets

Guidance on how to improve accessibility and customise your settings for internet browsers

Accessibility guidance is provided for the most widely used internet browser platforms. These include:

Advice on making your device easier to use

We recommend using AbilityNet - My computer my way in order to make your device easier to use if you have a disability. This external site offers advice and suggestions that will make your computer more accessible by customising the appearance of our website to make it easier to read and navigate.

How accessible is the HCFE website?

Some parts of this website may not fully accessible, such as:

  • some elements may not be fully compatible with screen readers
  • you may not be able to access all content by with keyboard navigation
  • not all media (images, videos etc.) will have a transcript or be subtitled
  • some text may not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window and or magnify the browser
  • some PDF documents may not fully accessible to screen reader software

Contact information and reporting accessibility problems

We can assist in providing the information on this website in a different format, such as:

  • accessible PDF
  • large print
  • audio recording
  • braill

Also if you are experiencing any accessibility issues with the HCFE website please let us know.

Please contact us by phone on 01429 808682 or use our online contact form and we will try and respond to your request as quickly as possible.

HCFE website accessibility technical information

Hartlepool College of Further Education is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

Due to the non-compliances listed below, this website is only partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA standard.

The full guidelines are available at Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1

Non accessible content

  • The following itemsdo not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:
  • It is not possible to use a keyboard to access all the content.
  • Occasionaly text is conveyed as an image of text rather than as text itself so that it's not compatible with screen readers and other assistive technology.
  • Most tooltips disappear as soon as the cursor moves. Also tooltips are not always present for all icons and images.
  • There may not be sufficient colour contrast between font and background colours especially where the text size is very small.
  • Visual information to identify user interface components, such as keyboard focus, do not always have a sufficient contrast ratio.
  • Not all prerecorded audio-only or video-only media will have alternative media that presents equivalent information e.g. audio track with description of the action in a video with no sound.
  • Not all video will have subtitles or subtitles that identify all speakers as well as noting other significant sounds e.g. laughter.
  • Not all our PDF’s and Word documents meet accessibility standards.
  • It might not be possible for all form fields to be programmatically determined. This means that when using auto-fill functionality for forms not all fields will identify the meaning for input data accuratel
  • While we have a 'Skip to main content' link on every page when new users access the website they will receive our cookie consent banner at the top of the page. This can't be skipped over as it's important to get consent for cookies to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations. Once a user has chosen their level of consent they will then be able to access the 'Skip to main content' link.

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

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. 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.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 5 October 2020. It was last reviewed on 5 October 2020.



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