Accessibility features are designed to make computers and software, such as web browsers, easier for everyone to use. They can involve special settings aimed at assisting users with complex visual, hearing or cognitive difficulties; or simple adjustments, such as making the text bigger, which can help make studying on a screen easier for anyone.
Here are two of our favourite adjustments you can make to your web browser. Do contact us if you have any other suggestions.
- How do I adjust text size?
- It is possible to adjust text size in your browser to make it easier to read web pages. To do this, click anywhere on a webpage with your mouse. If you are using a PC, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and, at the same time, press the + or – key to increase, or decrease the size of the text.If you are using a MAC, hold down the command key and, at the same time press the + or – key to increase, or decrease the size.
If you want to return to the default font size the web page was designed to be viewed at, hold down the Ctrl or command key and press the 0 (zero) key.
- How do I open content in a new tab/window?
- Often when you click on a link the new webpage opens in the web browser in place of the content you were looking at. However, when studying online it can be more useful to have the new page appear in a separate tab or browser window on your computer.
For example, you might want to do this when you click on a link to a discussion forum so that you can still see the course content. To open a link in a new tab or browser window, instead of clicking on the link with the left mouse button, use the right mouse button.
This will bring up a selection of choices including Open Link in New Tab and Open Link in New Window. Choose the one you want and you should see the original content remain open in one tab or window, and the new page open in a separate tab or window.
Useful websites and links
- The My Computer My Way site from AbilityNet has detailed information on setting up your computer or tablet device to make it easier to use. This site includes information on how to adjust your keyboard and mouse, operating system (e.g. Windows), web browser, and popular software applications to meet your needs.
- The BBC maintains a list of websites on specific areas of accessibility, including:
You can also find information about accessibility settings for your specific systems from:
- Apple Accessibility – Apple’s guidance on accessibility.
- Microsoft’s Ease of Access Center – Microsoft’s guidance on how to use the accessibility functions available in Windows.
- Microsoft Accessibility – Microsoft’s general guidance on accessibility.
- Adobe Accessibility – Adobe’s guidance on accessibility for their products.
- Google Accessibility – Google’s guidance on accessibility for their products.
Additional support for students with disabilities
Students of award-bearing courses who have a disability and who require additional support to help them to study will be asked to complete a Disability Advisory Service Registration Form . Students of online short courses who have a disability and require additional support with their study should provide details of their requirements on their application form.
Please ensure you describe the support you require to help you study rather than just stating your disability as this will enable us to better understand how we can help you.
Many of our online courses include audio and video content. We transcribe material we produce in-house as standard, but we also make wide use of third-party media resources and transcripts are not always available for this material.
If you are a student with a hearing impairment and require transcripts of all core audio and video content, please ensure you specify this on your application form and let us know at the earliest opportunity, as this will enable us to check and, if necessary, arrange for any additional transcripts to be prepared so that they can be made available to you when you study the course.