Accessibility Statement for:
This website is run by the National Film and Television School.
We want as many people as possible to be able to use the website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- Change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- Zoom in up to 300% 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.
How accessible this website is:
We know that some parts of this website are not fully accessible
Our form label headings do not comply with colour contrast guidelines
Some of our online forms are difficult to navigate with just a keyboard
Our page titles do not comply with colour contrast guidelines
Our videos do not have captions
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:
Call: +44 (0)1494 671234
We will consider your request and get back to you within 7 days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the NFTS Web Manager on email: email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1494 731478, providing details of the issue or issues you have encountered, and which page or pages they relate to.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)
Contact us by phone or visiting us in person
Find out how to get in touch on our contact us page.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The National Film and Television School is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:
- Some images that appear in-copy do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add text alternatives for all images on our main pages (excluding archived blog posts) by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of in-copy images meets accessibility standards.
- Some pages have redundant text links within the page copy. Content contains more than one link to the same place. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (Level A).
When we publish new content we’ll make sure each page only contains text links once.
- Some pages contain link text that contains extraneous text or may not make sense out of context. For example, ‘click here’ text that does not tell the user where the link leads to. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (Level A). Going forward, we will publish link text that will meet accessibility standards.
- The website contains Word and PDF documents relating to our policies and regulations, and to course outlines and course specifications. Whilst this content doesn’t break any standards, we need to implement best practise and clearly label where a link goes to a document, and what format that document is, and offer alternative ways of providing this content.
- Our Partners page contains logos within a table. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A) / 1.3.2 Meaningful Sequence (Level A). We will change how this information is structured, going forward.
Non-Compliance with the accessibility regulations
Form controls missing ‘label’ tags on the following:
- Search box in left menu
- Some fields in interactive web forms - making content difficult to navigate using a keyboard.
- Search box in footer of all web pages
- Our course search module is missing form labels.
Low contrast between foreground and background colours:
- Our cookie warning box text is difficult to read
- The ‘Our Credits Tell The Story’ text on the website homepage is difficult to read
- Our web form headers and ‘Save Draft’ button are difficult to read
- Our web page titles are difficult to read
- Our web page navigation trails are difficult to read
- Our ‘back to top’ navigation button is difficult to read
- Our page count at the bottom of page copy is difficult to read
- Our email address and mailing list signup link in the page footer are difficult to read
- Our ShortCourses current schedule – table design uses low contrast colours on every other row making them difficult to read
- Image or video carousels have directional arrows on them to scroll through the content. These are difficult to view
- On some pages, such as our ShortCourses Current Schedule page, and our deadlines page, alternate table rows are coloured light blue. This makes text on those lines difficult to read.
- On our Alumni page, when searching for students by year, the search returns show course names and graduating year of student. Those fields are difficult to read.
- Our blog posts have a ‘get connected’ header which appears but is not visible as it is white.
Some images contain no alt text, and there is no function for it to either displayed, or to be inputted by a user.
- NFTS logo
- Image thumbnails on our Explore Our Courses course listings page
- Image thumbnails on our Events and Open Days page
- main top-line images on all pages
Some features contain redundant links, which causes additional navigation and repetition for keyboard and screen reader users:
- Our homepage has a highlight box containing three links and the three corresponding images link to the same pages.
- Our homepage has events listings, where image thumbnails and their corresponding text, link to the same URL
- Our events page has events listings, where image thumbnails and their corresponding text, link to the same URL
- On our Explore Our Courses course listings page, image thumbnails and their corresponding text, link to the same URL
Some of our pages, including our course pages, contain skipped heading levels.
Some of our page contain text that appears to be a heading, but it is not marked as such:
- Mailing list form contains headline text that is not in a header format.
- Events and Open Day page headline text that is not in a header format.
Our blog post pages contain empty headings at the top of the page content area.
Our pages do not contain 1st level headings
On the homepage, there is a No-Script element present above the main video content at the top of the page.
There are multiple warnings for empty links on each page.
There are 3x No Script Elements warnings relating to Google Tag Manager and Facebook.
We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal, likely to be in Spring 2021.
PDFs and other documents
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on our policies and regulations, and our course specifications and outlines. There are also information sheets published as Word documents. By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages, or publish, alongside the documents, a clear way of contacting us to obtain the information in a more accessible format.
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.
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams already created, but going forwards we will caption any video containing information that is there to inform our visitors.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 18 September 2020, and was reviewed on 21 September 2020.
The website was last tested at the end of August 2020, in an internal audit conducted by our Website Manager. Each page accessible from the menu, and each ‘type’ of page layout and feature was analysed.