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If you already own a laptop or netbook of a reasonable size, we would encourage you to use this for your studies. All of the applications you will need can be accessed via a standard web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari. We will provide charging points for your laptop and we will assist you to set up wireless access. You will be able to install a FREE downloadable copy of Microsoft Office which includes OneDrive for Business. If you need to use any specialist software associated with your course, you will be timetabled into a standard computer suite with the software installed.
Before installing Microsoft Office please uninstall any trial or starter versions of Microsoft Office. Here is a very useful video guide from PCADVISOR which explains the suitability of various devices for student use.
Here is some guidance on basic requirements of a student laptop:
Devices that are suitable:
Here are a few example websites which sell these types of devices at various different prices depending on the specifications:
Devices NOT suitable for College use:
Some art related courses recommend specific IT equipment – Please see the “Equipment” section on the individual course webpages.
If you are considering purchasing an Apple laptop, this can be purchased via the Apple Store for Education, providing extra discount and warranty over standard Internet pricing.
If you have any other questions relating to this requirement, please do not hesitate to ask. IT Helpdesk is contactable by phone on (01437) 753222, by email on email@example.com, or by dropping into the IT Helpdesk at college from 9-4pm Monday – Friday.