In 2020, students entering Year 7 and Year 10 will be required to bring their own device (BYOD).  This marks the second year in a staged transition to a full BYOD model for both the Middle and Senior schools.   For 2020, students in Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 will be on the BYOD model, while those in Year 9 and 12 will remain on the existing 1:1 program until the end of the year, with Year 9’s being the final year to transition to BYOD in 2021.

Below you will find an overview of the College’s BYOD program, as well as information relating to suggested specifications and the details of BYOD suppliers.  If you have any questions relating to the BYOD at the College, please email us at [email protected].

Program Overview

BYOD – Parent Information

BYOD can look very different between schools and can be impacted by such aspects as available infrastructure and the school’s philosophy in relation to digital devices.  At FCAC, the College is not specifying a particular device that parents are required to purchase.  Instead, the College is providing some general specification guidelines and parents will have the freedom to make decisions about what best suits their specific circumstances regarding device usage.  Please note however the following caveats:

  • Devices that do not run a desktop OS – eg Apple iPads or Android tablets – are not suitable within the College’s BYOD environment.  This also includes Google Chromebooks.
  • Apple devices that meet the required specifications and run a full desktop operating system (eg Apple Macbooks Pro and Air) can be used; however, access to a Windows environment may be needed.  Products such as Parallels ( can be used to run Windows 10 on Apple Mac devices.  Please note that there are extra costs associated with this process.


The following table provides an overview of the base and recommenced specifications for BYOD devices.

  Base Specification Recommended Specification
Processor Core M or i3 Processor Core i5 or above
Memory 4 gig of RAM 8 gigabytes or RAM or above
Hard Drive 128 gigabytes SSD 256 gigabytes SSD or above
Screen Type Minimum 11.6 inches Minimum 11.6 inches with optional touch or stylus
Operating System Windows 10
Battery Life 7 hours plus
Connectivity  Dual band AC wifi
Accessories Separate laptop bag

3 year onsite warranty with Accidental Damage Protection (ADP)


As part of the College’s License agreement, students are able to access the full offline installation of Office365. To install MS Office onto your BYOD device, please follow the instructions contained in the following document:

MS Office Installation Instructions
Accessing Software Using OntheHub


Depending on your knowledge, purchasing a laptop can be a daunting process.  To assist parents in making an informed decision, we have worked with some suppliers to provide a shortlist of devices across a variety of price points that address the recommended specifications.  Please note that there is no obligation to purchase devices from these providers.

A note about ADP (Accidental Damage Protection) – Please carefully consider the Product Disclosure Statement when choosing ADP and consider such aspects as excess payable, total amount the policy will cover, repair v replacement options and the permitted frequency of claims.

JB Hi-Fi

BYOD – JB HiFi 2019

Capsicum Computers

Capsicum Computers are a local company that have been offering both general retail and commercial Information Technology solutions for over 15 years.