Web accessibility

We're committed to making our website as accessible as possible.

We aim to make the site AA compliant – this is a high standard for web accessibility, set by the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) and described in their Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines.

Below are some of the main ways in which we help to make our website more accessible to people.


This web based tool designed by TextHelp  helps people with Dyslexia, low literacy, English as a Second Language and with mild visual impairments to access the information on our website

Available on every page, the Browsealoud software reads web content out loud, and also offers to translate into a wide range of languages.

Meaningful ALT attribute on images

Most images on this site contain additional 'alternative' text that is stored with the image.

This allows users who otherwise wouldn't be able to see the image access to the stored information. This helps users of assistive technology (e.g. screen reading software), as well as visitors who disable images due to a slow internet connection.

Any image that is considered purely decorative will have a blank alternate text (e.g. alt=""). This reduces the amount of unnecessary content on the page.

Header Tags

HTML heading tags are used to convey document structure. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles down to H6.

Plain English

The College has used plain English where possible. However, the site does include medical and other professional terms where appropriate.

Our mental health advice has been awarded the Information Standard, a quality mark for clear, patient focused information.

Use of colour

Care has also been taken to ensure colours are generally of strong contrast for on-screen reading. No information on the site is solely dependent on colour to be intelligible.

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