Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

What Are Cookies?

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this website uses cookies which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer to improve your experience. There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend courses and programmes we believe will be most relevant to you.

Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to "remember me" when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won't collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our website, or a user's general location.

The following describes why and how we use cookies.

How We Use Cookies

In general we use cookies to perform three functions; essential operations, functionality and performance.

Essential Cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, if you create an account with us then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process, payment facilities, correspondence data and general administration.

Functionality Cookies allow us to remember your preferences, for example these cookies save you from having to log in every single time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in. From time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the website is delivered. When we are still testing new features and these cookies may also be used to ensure that you receive a consistent website experience whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.

Performance Cookies allow us to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which courses and programmes are most popular or to determine why some pages are receiving error messages so we can quickly fix any issues that arise. As we sell products it's important for us to understand statistics about how many of the visitors to our website actually make a purchase and as such this is the kind of data that these cookies will track. This is important to you as it means that we can accurately make business predictions that allow us to monitor our advertising and product costs to ensure the best possible price.

Third Party Cookies

In some special cases we also allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the three categories above. For example, like many companies, we use Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions available.Google Analytics helps us to understand how you use the website and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the website and the pages that you visit.


Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see the "Help" section of your browser for how to do this). Be aware however that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit and will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and key features of the website. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

More Information

More detail on how businesses use cookies is available at www.allaboutcookies.org. If you have any queries regarding this Cookie Policy please contact our Privacy Officer by e-mail at privacy.officer@ft.com.