Cookies are files saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website.

This website ( puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site. Find out more about the cookies we use, what they’re for and when they expire.

Cookies are used to:

  • remember your progress
  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs

You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out more about how to manage cookies below or make changes to your cookie settings using the round button to the bottom left of each page after you confirm your cookie preferences for the first time, or using link below:

Change Cookie Preferences

We have no control over cookies that may be added by third party sites. We advise you read the privacy policies and cookie policy information on any third party sites you visit.

How we use cookies

When you visit our website, we may store some information on your computer. This information will be in the form of a ‘cookie’ or similar file and can help us in many ways. For example, cookies allow us to tailor a website to better match your interests and preferences. With most internet browsers you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.

The web statistics package we use on our site, Google Analytics, sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. These are only used where you have provided consent via the cookie settings. The cookie management service on this site also sets a necessary cookie to remember your preferred cookie settings – including if you have rejected them – as you navigate this site.

The types of cookies we use

The following cookies are set by this website:

Necessary Cookies

Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
CookieYes 1 year Set by CookieYes. Used to store your cookie preferences for this site

Analytical Cookies

Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
_ga 2 years Set by Google Analytics. Used to distinguish users.
_gid 24 hours Set by Google Analytics. Used to distinguish users.
_gat 1 minute Set by Google Analytics. Used to throttle request rate.

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Analytics documentation.

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies by visiting this page on Google.

Further information on how to prevent cookies from being stored on your computer can be found on the All About Cookies website under the ‘manage cookies’ section.

How to change your cookie settings

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘C’ icon. You can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then clicking ‘Save and close’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

Alternatively, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit

Your rights

For further information on how we use your data and your rights, please refer to our Privacy Policy

Protection of your personal data

We are committed to keeping your information as secure as possible. We also use additional methods to secure sensitive information about your activities with us. Employees of the suppliers who manage this website on our behalf have to follow a strict confidentiality procedure and privacy standards.


This website contains links to other websites that are not controlled by us, including social media channels on which we have profiles. If you click through to a website that we have provided a link to, DCMS has no control over the cookies set on these websites. DCMS advises you to read their cookies policies for more information. 

This cookie policy applies only to this site.