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Accessibility

The Open University's website aims to achieve W3C WAI Priority 2 level. To support blind users and keyboard users most pages have a 'skip to content' at the top of the page which allows blind users to skip over the navigation links to the main content of the page.

There are particular circumstances regarding the OpenLearn website (the OU's open content initiative) – see Website accessibility at OpenLearn.

If you have difficulty in using this website you can talk to us on the phone or send us an email about the courses we offer. For course information and advice you can telephone +44 300 303 0266 (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 20:00 and Saturday 09:00 to 17:00 GMT). Alternatively you can email us via the contact us page.

Using web technologies

You may also find making changes to your web browser settings help you use this website. You can change the options in your browser to adjust the size of the text, the colour of the text and the colour of the background. If you are using the latest version of Internet Explorer you will be able to override the colour scheme of this, and many other, websites.

Filling in forms

When filling in any Open University online form we would recommend that you:

  • read all of the form carefully before attempting to fill it in
  • when you do fill the form in you may find it more useful to turn Virtual PC Cursor off if you are using the screen reader JAWS version 3.3 or above
  • once you have filled the form in, turn Virtual PC Cursor back on and check what you have entered – then submit the form.

Changing browser settings

To set Internet Explorer to ignore the colours and fonts used in web sites, first go to the 'Tools' menu and choose 'Internet options'. Then click on the 'Accessibility' button, then tick the 'ignore colours', 'ignore font styles' and 'ignore font sizes' boxes . Then click OK to apply the settings.

To change just the size of text go to 'View - text size' and choose the setting you are most comfortable with (largest, larger, medium, smaller, smallest).

You may also find it useful to change the default colours and fonts used on your computer. The procedure for doing this is different for different versions of Windows and other operating systems. You should therefore consult your computer's Help facility for instructions on doing this. Further information is available from AbilityNet's My computer my way