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  4. You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
    Cookie Name Purpose More Information
    Session identifier ASP.NET_SessionId Used to track a single browser session.
    Authentication token Bridge.Auth.Cookie Used to identify the logged-in user.
    Anti-forgery token _RequestVerificationToken Used to prevent cross-site request forgery.
    Google analytics visitor identification _ga Used to track visitors to the site. Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites
    Google analytics user journey _gid Used to track the actions of a user on a single browser session. Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites
    Institute search page instituteSearch.page The current page within an institute search.
    Institute search order instituteSearch.order How institute search results are ordered.
    Institute search keyword instituteSearch.filters.keyword Text used to filter institute searches.
    Institute type instituteSearch.filters.instituteType The type of institute being searched, school, university or industry.
    Institute role instituteSearch.filters.instituteRole The skills an institute is likely to employ.
    Employer scheme instituteSearch.filters.employerScheme The types of employment, appprenticeship or experiences offered by employers.
    Student search page search.page The current page within a student search.
    Student search order search.order How student search results are ordered.
    Student search minimum age search.filters.minAge The minimum age of students to search for.
    Student search maximum age search.filters.maxAge The maximum age of students to search for.
    Student search minimum UCAS points search.filters.minUcasPoints A minimum UCAS points score to search students by.
    Student search maximum UCAS points search.filters.maxUcasPoints A maximum UCAS points score to search students by.
    Student search advanced filters search.filters.advancedFilters Student search filters for education, skills or career aspirations.
    Student search keyword search.filters.keyword Text used to filter student searches.
  5. Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.
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  8. Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after the browser session ends. The Google analytics visitor identification cookie (_ga) expires after two years. The Google analytics user journey cookie (_gid) expires after 24 hours.