What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files stored in your web browser on your computer. They help you navigate websites efficiently, by remembering settings and choices you make during your visits to a website.

There are two types of cookies: ‘Session Cookies’ are used to store information about your visit to a website, so you can easily pick up where you left off when you leave a page and then return to it. They are temporary cookie files, which are erased when you close your browser. ‘Persistent Cookies’ help websites remember your information and settings when you visit them in the future. This results in faster and more convenient access. These remain on your hard drive until you erase them or they expire.

How we use cookies on this website

The cookies we use on this site remember settings and choices you make during your visits to our website. We use them to save you time and to make your experience better, in the following ways:

Cookies make our online shopping basket possible: the shopping basket on our website uses a cookie to store information about you and your shopping basket choices. The cookie remembers the courses you have stored in your shopping basket until you are ready to enrol. The cookie also remembers information you provide (such as your name and address) so that you don’t need to re-enter this information every time you enrol on a course.

If you were to block cookies via your browser settings you would not be able to log in to our site and use the shopping basket to purchase courses online. Doing this may also prevent you from using some websites altogether.
Cookies improve our course search: the course search uses a cookie to remember your filtering choices so we don’t have to reload the page everytime you change the filters.
Cookies let us see how visitors use our website: we use cookies to tell us what pages our users visited, how long they spent reading our information, what part of the world they came from, and similar. These cookies enable us to improve your experience on our website. For example, we might notice that our web users are consistently going to a particular place looking for directions to our facilities, and we could then place this information where users expect to find it.
Cookies allow us to provide extra functionality: Our use of YouTube and AddThis provides you with the ability to easily share content on social media. You will see AddThis and YouTube functionality on course and news pages.
For more information about cookies visit allaboutcookies.org or aboutcookies.org or visit the following sites for information about how to control and delete cookies.

How we do NOT use cookies on this website

We never share any personally identifiable information about you.

What specific cookies are set on our website?

Session cookie: Shopping basket
We only set a single session cookie, called PHPSESSID and, as this is a session cookie, it expires when you close your browser.

Third party cookies: Google Analytics, AddThis and YouTube.

We use Google Analytics to monitor the traffic to our website, Addthis for social bookmark functionality and Youtube to embed video content.

What is the EU Cookie Law?

The EU Cookie Law is amended privacy legislation that requires websites to obtain informed consent from visitors before they can store or retrieve any information on a computer or any other web connected device – taken from http://www.cookielaw.org/.