Accessibility

We're always working to make the Borders College website as accessible as possible for everyone, regardless of ability

Using this website

This website is run by Borders College. We want as many people as possible to be able to use the site and are committed to making sure it is accessible for people with disabilities.

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

We tested our website for accessibility during the design process, and we carry out similar testing on the live site.

Our website meets the W3C AA standards for accessibility.

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. 

Please contact our Equalities Officer: abrydon@borderscollege.ac.uk or call 08700 50 51 52.

If you need information on this website in a different format such as accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, we will consider any request and will get back to you within 14 days.

Borders College is committed to making its website accessible.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards. For example, they may not be marked up so they are accessible to a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential for active administrative processes. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Video captions

Some of our videos don’t have accurate edited captions or transcripts. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.1 (audio-only and video-only pre-recorded), 1.2.2 (captions pre-recorded), 1.2.3 (audio description or media alternative pre-recorded) and 1.2.5 (audio description pre-recorded). The regulations do not apply to recorded videos published before 23 September 2020.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) define three levels of conformance: level A, level AA and level AAA. Our goal is Level AA conformance.

  • Images of text are only used for decoration or where a particular presentation of text is essential to the information being conveyed.

We used the W3C compliance checker to review the websites accessibility on 16th August 2021 and are satisfied that it meets the criteria for an acceptable website based on a statement from our web developers, The Union.

We first prepared this statement on 18 September 2020. We are logging every change we make to this page.

  • 18 September 2020: statement first published.
  • 16 August 2021: Accessibility test carried out, and passed.

Borders College Accessibility Guidelines for Staff

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