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BSc (Hons) Applied Computing

The BSc Applied Computing degree is a unique and exciting opportunity to give yourself a real head start in one of Scotland's most important industries.  

A major skills gap is opening up in Scotland’s Computing Sector and up to 11,000 job opportunities could be available each year. The BSc Honours Degree in Applied Computing is a unique course developed to meet the identified skills shortages within the industry, allowing students to develop skills in key ICT areas.  

The degree has been developed with input from the Scottish ICT community who recognise the need for highly skilled “work-ready” graduates. Much of the focus is on software development with particular emphasis on the development of analytical skills. This degree is taught jointly at Forth Valley College and the University of Stirling and benefits from expertise from within both institutions.

There will be a focus on employability and industrial awareness throughout the four year degree. One key component of the programme is an industrial work placement following the third year. The curriculum for this degree programme will continue to be driven by the evolving needs of the ICT sector in Scotland and across the world.

Year 1:

  • Computer Systems Fundamentals
  • Developing Software: Introduction
  • Troubleshooting Computing Problems
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Computing
  • Mathematics: Calculus and Matrices for Computing
  • Software Development: Programming Foundations
  • Systems Development: Introduction
  • Team Working in Computing
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • HNC Computing: Graded Unit 1 (Exam)
  • Software Development: Developing Small Scale Standalone Applications
  • Computer Forensics Fundamentals
  • Ethical Hacking Fundamentals  


Year 2:

  • Software Development - OOP
  • Systems Development - Object Orientated Analysis and Design
  • Developing Mobile Web Based Applications:  An Introduction
  • Software Development:  Developing Websites for Multiplatform Use
  • Graded Unit 2
  • Software Development - Data Structures
  • Relational Database Management Systems
  • SQL: Introduction  


Year 3:  

  • Software Engineering I
  • Multimedia and Human Computer Interaction
  • Database Principles and Applications
  • Software Engineering II
  • Communications and Networks
  • Computer Game Technologies
  • Information Systems
  • Industrial Work Placement (compulsory)  


Year 4:  

  • Honours project (compulsory)
  • Big Optimisation Spaces
  • NoSQL Databases
  • Concurrent and Distributed Systems
  • Technologies for eCommerce
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internetworking on the Wide Scale
  • Enterprise Portals
  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • Telecommunications Systems and Services
  • Web Services  

  • Software Engineer
  • System Designer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Architect
  • Systems Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Project Manager
  • NET Developer
  • Applications Developer
  • Mobile Applications Developer
  • Java Developer
  • Network Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Programmer Analyst

3 Highers at grade B or equivalent (to include one of Mathematics, Computing, Physics or Chemistry).

Further Advice for full-time applicants:

  • If you require any additional advice about the course prior to making an application please email
  • Please create an online account when starting your application.  Your login details for the old College website are no longer valid
  • Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
  • Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately – if you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
  • Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
  • Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview.  Interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
  • Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
  • If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application – please email

  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    28 August 2017

  • End date

    15 June 2018

  • SCQF Level

    Level 9