This accessibility statement applies to the South & City College Birmingham website (https://www.sccb.ac.uk).
This website is run by South and City College Birmingham. 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
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
- navigate the architecture of the website using speech recognition software
- listen to most of the website using a screen reader (such as JAWS, NVDA or VoiceOver)
- the text will reflow into a single column when you change the size of the browser window
- you can produce and download alternative format versions of the page content using Blackboard Ally for Web
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible is this website?
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- older videos don’t have captions
- some of our website is difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
- maps on our ’campus’ pages can only be magnified within the capacity of the mapping service in most cases this is Google Maps
- some forms – including our application form – may not be fully accessible
- some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information
What to do if you cannot access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:
- call 0121 694 5000
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.
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, contact us:
• call 0121 694 5000
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 are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
Find out how to contact us by phone or email.
Should you wish to visit us in person, all of our reception areas have audio induction loops.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
South and City College Birmingham is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services as a college. For example, we have PDFs with information on our courses, forms published as Word documents, and PDF versions of corporate policies. Some of these documents are not fully accessible and may fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion such as 1.4.11 (non-text contrast) or 1.3.2 (meaningful sequence).
We are currently working to fix and remove non-accessible documents, in some cases replacing them with accessible HTML pages.
Images with no alt-text
This website contains images without alt-text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We are currently working to add text alternatives for all images.
When we publish new content we will make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
This website features carousels that auto-scroll and therefore fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.2 (pause, stop hide: for moving, blinking, scrolling, or auto-updating information). We aim to add a pause, stop and hide functionality to all carousels by 31 August 2021.
Online maps and mapping services
Where online maps and mapping services appear on our website and cannot be made accessible, we will attempt to provide essential information in an accessible digital manner for cases when a map is intended for navigational use.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents published before 23 September 2018
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.
Any new PDFs or documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
Links to other websites
We link to other websites that may benefit our users. This may include:
• news websites
• social media platforms
• official information sources, such as gov.uk or nhs.uk
We are not responsible for the accessibility of these or any other websites that we do not manage.
Our site includes third-party content and functionality, which we are responsible for ensuring meets accessibility standards. In cases where third-party content is not accessible, we aim to work with the provider to resolve accessibility issues, however, we are not responsible for the accessibility of third-party platforms or content that is neither funded nor developed by us, or under our control.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We are working hard to improve on any issues and our accessibility compliance is reviewed regularly.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was reviewed on 1 April 2021.