Website Accessibility

We are committed to providing online information and services accessible to all. Our website can easily be adjusted to suit your particular needs.

Please note that if you require any content or web related resources such as media, documents or downloads in an alternative format please contact the Digital Marketing Manager on marketing@tcg.ac.uk

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Accessibility statement

The College’s website accessibility statement is part of guidance that addresses equality of access to College information and services. We have worked to ensure that this website is as accessible as possible to all internet users, including those with disabilities. This website therefore complies with the Level A Standard set by the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Accessibility statement

The College’s website accessibility statement is part of a formal policy that addresses disability in the broadest sense.

Stockport College and Trafford College operating under the The Trafford College Group are committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all.

Our commitment to accessibility

We aim to create an environment that enables anyone to participate fully in their college experience.

We have a formal policy that addresses disability, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, and includes:

  • mobility and sensory impairments
  • mental health issues
  • specific learning difficulties (SpLD), including the autistic spectrum and Aspergers Syndrome
  • medical conditions which may have an impact on day-to-day activities

Disability support

Staff disability

Information for staff is on the internal Human Resources intranet. Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions about staff disability. 

Student disability

Information for students is available on the Student Disability Service section of the website. 

Disability policy documents

The Trafford College Group has several policy documents concerning disability.

Website standards compliance

Our website is built using Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), according to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards.

It is designed to comply with our own accessibility standards, in line with recognised best practice. For example, our website follows the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the British standard BS 8878 framework for web accessibility.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview

BS 8878: Web accessibility code of practice

UK legislation

An EU directive on the accessibility of websites and web applications of public sector bodies came into force in September 2018. This was passed into UK law entitled as the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. This law reinforces the need to follow the standards above and in particular those defined in WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

Making public sector websites and web applications accessible

Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations

When further government information is released about creating standardised web accessibility statements this will page will be updated to reflect these changes. 

Accessibility policy

The Trafford College Group is committed to ensuring that its websites are accessible to the widest possible audience, including disabled users.

​Accessibility policy

The long-term goal and intention of this policy is to state clear accessibility principles that The Trafford College Group websites should follow.

Policy dimensions

For the purpose of this policy, the term “websites” includes:

  • Websites (public and non authenticated) managed and under the control of The Trafford College Group using the stockport.ac.uk & trafford.ac.uk domain.
  • Material managed and hosted by the College on these pages such as documents, audio, video and any other additional files.

Policy principles

The Trafford College Group will adhere to the following principles in relation to its websites:

  • The websites shall provide appropriate channels of communication for feedback about accessibility.
  • The websites shall meet The Trafford College Group responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010).
  • The websites shall meet level AA of the of the W3C recommended version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Changes to this policy

This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of our user community.

Policy updates

This policy was last reviewed and updated in May 2019.

The policy was reworded to take into account that the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) guidelines have been updated to version 2.1. We have reviewed  the policy in light of these changes. The primary focus for WCAG 2.1 is requirements for people with low vision and cognitive and learning disabilities as well as mobile accessibility.

Customising our site

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website to make it easier to read and navigate.

​Customising our site

Display settings

In order to make our website easier to read and navigate, you can change display settings such as:

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

To access these display settings:

  • For Chrome users select the Moreicon.
  • For Internet Explorer users select the Tools button  
  • For Microsoft Edge users select Settings and more ... 
  • For Firefox users, select the menu button 

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

We would recommend Internet Explorer or Google Chrome as they tend to be the most compatible with assistive software and do not require any plug ins. Accessibility features and customisation in Firefox and Safari may require you to install specific plug ins, find out more information on how here:

Report an accessibility problem

Contact us to report accessibility problems by emailing marketing@tcg.ac.uk