Award Crest
York College

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What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files of letters and numbers that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Why do we use them?

Cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. They also help us to resolve problems if things go wrong and understand how users use the site and improve your experience of using our the site.

Our cookies help us:

  • make our website work as you would expect
  • remember your settings during and between visits
  • improve the speed and security of the site
  • allow you to share pages with social networks like Twitter and Facebook
  • continuously improve our website for you.

We do not use cookies to:

  • collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • pass personally identifiable data to third parties.

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below. Alternatively view a full list of the cookies and their uses.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

Controlling Cookies

You can control the use and placing of any cookies on your computer through the settings you select on your internet browser. 

You can change your browser settings to accept or refuse all cookies, choose which cookies you want or don't want, or ask to be notified when a cookie is set. You can use the help feature in your browser to see how.

However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of our site (and a large proportion of other websites), or you may experience reduced functionality when accessing certain services.

Useful information about controlling cookies can be found at http://www.aboutcookies.org/or at http://www.allaboutcookies.org.

Privacy mode

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Social website cookies

So you can easily 'Like' or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies used by us:

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous visitor statistics cookies

As explained above, we use cookies to compile visitor statistics and analyse user behaviour. This may include how many people have visited our website, where they go and what type of technology they're using (e.g. desktop or mobile). We do this so we can improve the website and better meet user needs. However, we do not collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and we cannot monitor these activities across sites we do not manage or own.

View our list of cookies for more details about anonymous visitor cookies that we use.

The following tables list and explain the purpose of the cookies that we use.

Cookie issued byCookie namePurposeImpact of declining this cookie
GoogleAnalytics __utma This cookie is what's called a "persistent" cookie, as in, it never expires (technically, it does expire in the year 2038, but for the sake of explanation, let's pretend that it never expires). This cookie keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site pertaining to the cookie, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Google Analytics uses the information from this cookie to calculate things like Days and Visits to purchase. Less detailed information about customer visit. Still works as expected, but will reduce the truthfulness of our site usage statistics and thus affect how we develop to serve our users' needs.
__utmb and __utmc The B and C cookies are brothers, working together to calculate how long a visit takes. __utmb takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site, while __utmc takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site. __utmb expires at the end of the session. __utmc waits 30 minutes, and then it expires. You see, __utmc has no way of knowing when a user closes their browser or leaves a website, so it waits 30 minutes for another pageview to happen, and if it doesn't, it expires.
__utmz Tracking how you came in to the website (campaigns).
Twitter guest_id This cookie is used to identify you to twitter, if you do not have a twitter account or never accessed the twitter.com website directly then twitter will assign you a unique code to track your visit to the Twitter feed. Twitter has the ability to track surfing habits (on Tweet button enabled websites) of users that have no Twitter account and have never visited a Twitter website before. When using the same browser to create an account at Twitter afterward this collected data of the past can theoretically be linked to the freshly created profile. This cookie will expire in two years' after creation. The Twitter functionality on the website may be restricted.
k We use the official Twitter API on the website. This API creates a cookie on your machine called "k". This cookie contains the IP address of the visitor. This cookie will expire in one week after creation. The Twitter functionality on the website may be restricted.

You can read more about Google's cookies and Twitter's cookies on their respective websites.