What is web accessibility?
Web accessibility is the practice of making website content available to all users, particularly those with impairments, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological impairments. It includes making a website as accessible as possible, regardless of browsing technology, such as for people with text-only web browsers and older browser versions.
Browsealoud is a service which helps make websites accessible with easy to use speech, reading, and translation tools. You can launch the service by clicking the link below.
UCAS' commitment to web accessibility
UCAS is committed to providing an accessible web presence that gives all members of the public full access to its information and services, which are offered through this website.
We are committed to achieving full conformity with the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). This quality standard aims to ensure that a website is accessible to users with a range of impairments, including those with visual impairments.
Compliance with web accessibility is an ongoing process which we are regularly working to improve. If you experience problems accessing any of the information on our site, please contact us and we will try our best to fix the problem or provide the information in an alternative format.
We support Internet Explorer 9 and above and the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
Changing the text size
- Chrome: select Chrome Menu> Zoom, or hold Ctrl or ⌘ and use + or – keys
- Internet Explorer: select View > Text size, r, or hold Ctrl or ⌘ and use + or – keys
- Mozilla Firefox: select View > Zoom, , or hold Ctrl or ⌘ and use + or – keys
- Opera: select View > Zoom, or hold Ctrl or ⌘ and use + or – keys
- Safari: select View > Make text bigger, or hold Ctrl or ⌘ and use + or – keys
How do I change the colours?
You can use your web browser options to choose your own colours. Depending on which web browser you are using, this can be done in the following ways:
- Chrome: to change colours in Chrome it is necessary to install a plug in such as High Contrast
- Internet Explorer: select Tools > Internet Options > General > Colors
- Mozilla Firefox: select Tools > Options > Content > Colors
- Opera: select Tools > Preferences > Fonts and Page Style
- Safari: select Safari > Preferences > Appearance
How do I change the speed and buttons on my mouse?
If you are using a Microsoft Windows computer, you can change a number of control options on your mouse, including the speed of the pointer or the wheel, how quickly you need to double-click, and swapping the buttons for left and right-handed use.
To change your mouse options, click the Start button in the bottom left of your screen and select Control Panel > Mouse.
If you are using an Apple Macintosh computer, please visit the Apple Accessibility website for more information on how to change your settings.
W3C recommends that all transcripts are available from videos on the site. Transcripts are available on request from us if needed. Please contact us outlining the content the transcript is needed for.
All videos that are produced by UCAS contain at least an English language subtitle track. This will be included in all released videos. We are now translating captions for new videos into Welsh and these are available by clicking the 'CC' button in the player on the site.
Further useful links to help you with accessibility issues
If you don't have regular access to an internet connection:
If you find a keyboard or mouse hard to use:
- Find out how to make your mouse easier to use (BBC My Web)
- Find out how to use your keyboard to control your mouse (BBC My Web)
- Find out about alternatives to a keyboard and mouse (BBC My Web)
If you can't see very well:
- Learn how to increase the size of the text in your web browser (BBC My Web)
- Learn how to change text and background colours to make them easier to read (BBC My Web)
- Learn how to magnify your screen (BBC My Web)
If you are blind:
- Find out about screen readers and talking browsers (BBC My Web)