Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)


Individual access to technology is not something that should happen in a few rooms around a college. It should be for everyone, everywhere and anytime.

BYOD is not future technology, it’s the present. Our students embrace mobile phones, the Internet and personalised technology. It will be their future working and learning experience.

Students are used to having access to the Internet at all times, in all places, college should not be the exception. We want our students to have access to the greatest source of information ever assembled and to study in their own innovative and personalised ways.

We need to make full and effective use of technical learning tools and want to make the educational experience for students at S6C as varied, dynamic and stimulating as possible.

Salisbury 6th Form College operates a ‘BYOD’ policy for all students attending the college. All students are expected to have a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ with them at all times during the college day. This should not be a mobile phone (although we actively encourage their use at appropriate times).

We do not specify a particular device to purchase, but it should be light and portable, have a psychical keyboard, have good battery life (greater than six hours) and preferably be ‘instant on’ so lessons start on time and teachers don’t have to wait for devices to load. The ideal S6C BYOD laptop is a Microsoft Surface.

You do not need to purchase Microsoft Office, as students will get access to download this free of charge. The built in anti-virus from Microsoft is also suitable protection from viruses (we run the college on it) and you do not need to purchase any additional anti-virus software even if the shops say you should.

Microsoft Surface

The Surface line of computers represents Microsofts vision of what the modern Windows PC should be. They are light and responsive and allow students to work in a variety of ways. There are a number of models avalialble and any of the form factors are suitable devices for our students.

Windows 10 PCs work best on our network at the college and provide the best compatibility across all work environments.

All the Surface devices have touch screens and pen input. Surface Pens allow students to sketch and design on their computers or write hand written notes (avoid the Surface Laptop if this is your preference as the screen doesn’t fold flat).

We’d recommend avoiding the base models with the 64GB SSD as there is not a lot of space to install additional programs that may be needed at college or university.

If you are unsure which model to get, then we recommend the Surface Pro with pen and keyboard.

Specialist Subjects

Please be aware that some specialist subjects may have different requirements for BYOD devices, such as Computer Science, Photography and Media.

Students should check with their subject teachers if any specialist equipment or software is needed.

Digital Media / Photography

Apple iMacs running Windows 10 are available in the classroom. Students would benefit from having a device at home capable of running Abode Creative Cloud, so that project work can be completed outside of lesson time. A suitable device for this is a Microsoft Surface Pro, this can be used as a BYOD device in other lessons as well. Having a Surface laptop available is beneficial for completing assignments and homework etc outside of lesson both on and offsite. It is also beneficial for students to have access to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Computer Science

Students will need a device capable of running Windows 10 to complete the computer science course. The recommended device is a Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop with keyboard cover and pen. This device is an investment and will take them on to University and the world of work. For other Windows devices, it would be beneficial to have a minimum of 128GB SSD (avoid the base model Surface Go with 64GB as this will not have enough space to install all the required programs), 8GB Ram and a core i3 processor. Pen and touch input devices are very beneficial and used for design work. The laptop should be capable of running for six hours on battery as charging points are sparse in the classrooms. A light laptop is a bonus as we need students to bring them to every lesson.

S6C offers a bursary scheme to assist with the full cost of these devices. Further information can be obtained from

Surface Pro 6

My Son / Daughter already has a suitable device

S6C is very happy for students to bring their current device to college as long as it meets the BYOD requirements and you are not obliged to purchase a new device just for college (although you may be told this).

Please remember a college day lasts at least six hours and the device your son/daughter brings in should be capable of lasting this long on a single charge as we don’t have facilities for everybody to plug in devices during lessons.

Student Discount

PC World – Salisbury will give a discount to S6C students.

Microsoft offers deals and trade ins (usually mirrored in retail stores) at various times of the year. Further information from their website.

Further Information

If you require and further information or would like to talk to someone about BYOD, then please feel free to contact the college on 01722 597970.