Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Guide

Recommended IT Device Buying Guide

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:

  • Windows 10 Home – DO NOT GET Windows 10 S – this restricts software installation
  • AMD Ryzen 3 or Intel i3 processor as minimum
  • 4GB RAM as minimum
  • 128GB SSD as minimum
  • 14inch screen as minimum


Devices that are suitable:

  • Windows Laptops or NetBooks (NOT ChromeBook)
  • Apple Mac Book Pro/Air (NOT iPad)
  • Windows Tablets (with keyboard)


Here are a few example websites which sell these types of devices at various different prices depending on the specifications:

  • Currys/PC World
  • Argos
  • Laptopsdirect
  • Dell
  • Amazon
  • Apple Education Store


Devices NOT suitable for College use:

  • Android Tablets
  • iPads
  • Kindles
  • Google ChromeBooks
  • Phones


Please Note

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, or by dropping into the IT Helpdesk at college from 9-4pm Monday – Friday.