What are cookies?
Cookies are text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. The cookie contains information that will help the website recognise your device next time you visit.
How are cookies used on the Birmingham Metropolitan College website?
Should you wish to block or delete cookies from our website or any other website you can do this by changing your browser settings. Please see below for details.
We use a web analytics service called Google Analytics to enable us to analyse how our website is used by visitors. Google Analytics cookies provide anonymous statistical data that shows usage trends to help us identify which content is most effective. These cookies record information such as the date and time of your visit, the type of browser you're using, your approximate geographic location and the URL of any page that led you to our web site.
If you do not want to be tracked by Google Analytics on the websites you visit you can opt out by follow these instructions from Google https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
How cookies are classified
We have classified cookies on this site based on the categories and descriptions published in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) UK Cookie Guide.
|Strictly necessary cookies||Essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.|
|Performance cookies||Collects information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. They do not identify the individual visitor as all information collected is aggregated and therefore anonymous.|
|Functionality cookies||These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog.|
|Targeted or Advertising Cookies||These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.|
The cookies used on this website are listed below.
General site cookies
|Strictly necessary cookie||SESS followed by series of random characters||Unique ID number assigned by the web server. It is used to enable some site functionality to work properly.||Persistent (3 weeks)|
|Functionality||BMC_RecentlyViewed||Tracks course pages visited so that the user can see them again on an area of the page showing recently viewed courses||Persistent (1 month)|
Online Course Applications Site Cookies
|Strictly necessary cookie||ASP.NET_SessionId||Randomly generated session ID used to maintain session information for the Microsoft .NET framework that runs on this part of the website.||Session (removed when you leave the website)|
Google Analytics Cookies
|Performance||_utma||The number of times users visit a website.||Persistent (2 years)|
|Performance||_utmb||Tracks the time the visit to the website began.||Persistent (30 minutes)|
|Performance||_utmc||Tracks the time the user leaves the website.||Session (removed when you leave the website)|
|Performance||utmz||Tracks the way the user arrived at the site. For example a link on another website.||Persistent (6 months)|
The following browsers provide guidance on their websites on how to block cookies
- Internet Explorer http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835
- Google Chrome http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647
- FireFox http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Cookies#w_cookie-settings
- Opera http://help.opera.com/Windows/11.60/en/cookies.html
- Safari (5.1 Mac) http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042
- iOS Safari http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677
Step by step guides on how to control and delete cookies in various browsers are also available at this website www.aboutcookies.org.
For smartphones and other mobile devices please check the manufacturer’s website or your user manual.
- Information Commissioner’s Office – Cookie Advice
- ICC Cookie Guide
- All About Cookies
- Google Analytics and Cookies