Accessibility Statement for

This accessibility statement applies to the website for Wigan & Leigh College and Leigh College including mobile responsive versions of these websites.

This website is run by Wigan & Leigh College. 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% 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

We have 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.

The Recite Me accessibility tool provides Accessibility + Language Options to improve your experience on our website.

How accessible this website is

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

  • Alt Text - Some decorative images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information.
  • Publications hosted on ISSUU are not fully readable using a screen reader
  • Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Some video streams 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:

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

If you cannot view the map on our contact us page, call us on 01942 761111 or email us at for directions.

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:

We will always do what we can to make our site easier for everyone to use.

Enforcement procedure

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 Services (EASS) (

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us.

Technical Information about this website’s accessibility

Wigan & Leigh College 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, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Accessibility Problem

WCAG 2.1 AA success criterion

Plan to fix

Not all previously published publications hosted on ISSUU are fully readable using a screen reader


We have added a downloadable PDF version of the same document next to this as an alternative.

PDF Language


This requires additional resources. These have been purchased to allow us to do this. Once installed, any new PDFs will be set to English (UK) language. We will then re-save all previously uploaded PDFs and complete this by March 2021.

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

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards. For example, they may not be marked up so they are accessible to a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential for active administrative processes. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

Some of our videos don’t have accurate edited captions or transcripts. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.1 (audio-only and video-only pre-recorded), 1.2.2 (captions pre-recorded), 1.2.3 (audio description or media alternative pre-recorded) and 1.2.5 (audio description pre-recorded). The regulations do not apply to recorded videos published before 23 September 2020. We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020.It was last reviewed on 11 January 2020.

The website was last tested on 10 January 2021.The test was carried out by ICom and Wigan & Leigh College.

We used this approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test:-

A sample of 20 ‘courses’ pages within

A sample of 5 pages within the sections ’16-18 Full Time Courses’, ‘Adults’, ‘University Centre’ and ‘Apprenticeship’ sections

Each page was tested to ensure that colours, contrast levels and fonts were able to be changed, text could be increased, navigation and screen reader accessibility, video subtitles in place and line spacing can be modified.

The website was re-tested followed an audit by Government Digital Services in October 2020.

Information on how to use the Recite Me accessibility function

Q: Do I need to download anything to enable Recite Me?
A: No. Recite Me is cloud-based software so there is no need to install anything on your computer.

Q: How do I launch the Recite Me Tool Bar?
A: To Launch the Recite Me Web accessibility toolbar you will need to click on the Recite Me button. This will then launch the tool bar, which will appear at the top of the page.

Q: How Do I Disable the Auto Read?
A: To disable the auto read you need to click on the button marked "Settings". This will give you a list of 3 functions to choose from. You need to click on the bottom to the Right of the option marked "Autoplay" this will then disable auto read.

Q: Does Recite Me work across different operating systems and mobile devices?
A: Yes, Recite Me software works on multiple devices and operating systems including Android, iOS, Linux, Mac and Windows devices.

Q: Can I save my Settings?
A: Yes. Once a user creates an account they can save their settings so your website appears exactly as they need it every time they visit.

Q: How do I change the Language?
A: To change the language of the website that you are viewing you need to select the button marked "Languages". This will then produce a drop down list of all the languages that Recite offers translation too. Find the language that you want from the list and press on it, the site will then be converted to that language.

Q: How do I create and MP3?
A: To create and MP3 first turn of the Autoplay option located within the setting button. Highlight the section of Text that you wish to create into an MP3. Once highlighted, select the MP3 button from the toolbar. You will then see a message telling you that you file is being created. Once created, you will see the file appear ready at the bottom of the web page. You can now either listen to the file created or save it to a location of your choice.

Q: How do I Turn Recite Off?
A: To Close the Recite toolbar simply click on the icon marked "Close" to the right of the Toolbar.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Tab to move to the next toolbar button.

Shift+Tab to go backwards

Spacebar to select a button and to change toggles

ctrl+right - play next element

ctrl+left - Play previous element

ctrl+alt+p - play the current element

ctrl+alt+f - show font menu

ctrl+alt+c - show theme menu

ctrl+r - Enable/Disable ruler

ctrl+d - Enable/Disable dictionary

ctrl+l - Show translation languages

ctrl+x - Enable/Disable text-only mode

ctrl+m - Show page margin settings

ctrl+shift+o - Show/Disable settings menu

ctrl+s - Save settings

Here you will find a guide to using all of the features on the Recite Me toolbar, as well as Keyboard shortcuts and FAQs.

Play Audio

Back: Rewind to the previous paragraph of text

Play: Click the Play button to read the text aloud

Forward: Skip forward to the next paragraph of text

Download Audio: Highlight the text then click the button to download text as an audio file

This feature may be helpful to people who are blind, have low vision, are neurodivergent, or who find audio more accessible than reading.

Style Options

Decrease: This will decrease the text size

Font: You can change the font that displays on the page

Increase: This will increase the text size

Colour: Change the background, text and link colours

Text Mode: Remove images and view in plain text mode

Change the way our website looks to better access its content. This feature may be helpful to people who have dyslexia, low vision, or an intellectual or developmental disability.

Reading Assistance Tools

Ruler: Read line-by-line without distractions from text below

Screen Mask: Will create a letterbox for focused viewing of a section of the page

Magnifying glass: Zoom in to sections by hovering over them

Margin: Position content in the best place for you when in text only mode.

Use these tools to make reading online content easier.

Dictionary & Translation

Dictionary: Highlight and click on this to find the definition of the word

Language: Translate text into a different language with 100 different languages, and can use the text-to-speech feature in 35 different languages.


Settings: Adjust your Recite settings

Reset: This will restore the default settings

User Guide: Will give you an overview of the Recite Me Toolbar Features