We've built the Northampton College website using Web Standards to give you a fast and modern web experience. We've also closely followed the W3C's WAI accessibility guidelines to the AA standard, to ensure that our website is available to as many users as possible.

Browser Accessibility Tools

Most browsers allow you to change the appearance of web pages.

Page Colour

We've designed this site to provide a good level of contrast between text and background.

Browsers also allow users to adjust colour preferences. In Internet Explorer or Firefox this can be done under 'Tools' – 'Options'. More information can be found on the W3C's web page on how to change text size or colours.


We try to ensure that link text makes sense out of context and that it accurately describes the pages it points to. You can use the tab key on your keyboard (as well as your mouse) to move consecutively from link to link.

Page Structure

We've given each page a logical and meaningful structure through the correct use of headings and other elements such as lists.


Where relevant, images will have alternative text descriptions.

PDF Files

Some of the information on our website is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF files. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free from the Adobe website.

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Making changes to your operating system:

Advice from the BBC showing users how to make full use of accessibility settings in browsers and operating systems

Advice for Microsoft Users
Advice for Apple Users
Advice for Linux Users

Text Size

This website will respect global text size settings in your system and browser:

Internet Explorer

Select 'View' from the browser toolbar
Select 'Text size' from the drop-down menu
Select your preferred text size


Select 'View' from the browser toolbar
Select 'Text size' from the drop-down menu
Select your preferred text size


Select 'View' from the browser toolbar
Select 'Make text bigger' or 'Make text smaller' from the drop-down menu


Select 'View' from the browser toolbar
Select 'Zoom' from the drop-down menu
To make more changes to the font, go to the 'Tools' menu, select 'Preferences', then click on the 'Web pages' tab. Select the 'normal font' button. A dialogue box appears and provides options to change font type, weight and style

We intend to continue improving our accessibility, so if you have any difficulty accessing this site and require further help, or if you have any suggestions to help improve our accessibility, please contact the Northampton College Marketing team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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