This accessibility statement applies to content published by SWC’s Content Management System on the domain.

This website is run by South West College. Digital accessibility is a primary consideration in our web development practice as we want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.

For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts

  • zoom in up to 300 per cent without the text spilling off the screen

  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard

  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software

  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

Every effort has been made to make this website accessible and easy to use for everyone, no matter what browser you choose to use, and whether or not you have any disabilities.

We have also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. However, we welcome any feedback on areas you think are unclear. Contact us by email:

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

  • live video streams do not have captions

  • Some pages contain text which is not as simple as possible to understand

  • Several links on a page share the same link text, but go to different destinations

  • Some pages contain links to external websites which will display in a new window

  • Some of our pages contain content from systems provided by an external supplier, such as our Messenger chat facility.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.

If you cannot view the map on our campus pages, call or email us for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.

If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, please get in touch via email

Enforcement procedure

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’) in Northern Ireland. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your request or complaint, please call ECNI on 028 9050 0600 and ask to speak with one of their Discrimination Advice Officers in their Legal Division, or email mailto: Find out more about the enforcement procedure.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

SWC is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images within documents do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. Some images within documents use alt text which is the image file name. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

Some Word documents contain a non-inline graphic or object. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.2 (meaningful sequence).

Some of our documents do not have descriptive titles that describe the topic or purpose of that document / page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (Page Titled).

Some tables included in documents have not been structured appropriately, some PDFs are not tagged to be accessible by screen readers and some PDFS do not use the lang attribute to identify the language of the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

Disproportionate burden

We are not claiming disproportionate burden for this website.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

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 Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live Video

Live video streams do not have captions. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.4 (captions-live). We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Third Party Content

The SWC website contains some content that is externally embedded or integrated. This is third-party content that is neither funded nor developed by, nor under the control of, the public sector body.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are continually reviewing the accessibility of our website. This will provide us with the insights required to assess and improve aspects of our websites that do not conform to level AA of the WCAG 2.1.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 6th December 2022. Our website support company Green17 is responsible for implementing accessibility fixes. This statement will be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis.