Cookie Policy

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?

We use cookies to improve your experience of our website.  Cookies are used to help you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally enhance the features for all users.

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.

Google Analytics

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.

Category Description
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

Cookie Classification Name Purpose Duration
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)
Functionality has_js Tracks whether the user has javascript enabled in their web browser. The website uses Javascript to provide more functionality for users. Session (removed when you leave the website)

Online Course Applications Site Cookies

Cookie Classification Name Purpose Duration
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

Cookie Classification Name Purpose Duration
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

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.

More Information

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us regarding our cookie policy please contact the marketing department at marketing@bmet.ac.uk or write to Marketing Department, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7PS