The BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Computing is a unique course developed to meet the identified skills shortages within the industry by allowing participants to develop in the areas that are key to contemporary technologies. Much of the focus is on software development with particular emphasis on the development of analytical skills. This degree is taught at Forth Valley College and the University of Stirling and benefits from the varied expertise located at both these sites. The degree has also been developed with input from the Scottish Computer Science employers' community who recognise the need for highly skilled "work-ready" graduates. 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 in the third year.