GLASGOW pupils are set to learn make-up skills in class that will bag them SQA marks.

Scotland's leading make-up college, Glamcandy, is planning on introducing the classes in the city centre to boost employability for teens.

The course is led by professional makeup artists and teaches beauty, bridal and evening styles, as well as key skills such as hygiene and colour theory.

It will give those who pass a recognised qualification that could lead to further education opportunities or employment as a trainee makeup artist.

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Children in Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh and Midlothian are already benefiting from the classes which have been credited with raising engagement, attainment and confidence for teenagers and boosting their employability.

Glamcandy is looking to take the courses Scotland-wide, with an initial focus on Glasgow, Fife and Edinburgh for the next academic year.

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One pupil who has taken part in the course said: "I have enjoyed the make-up course as it has given me more confidence.

“By the end of the course I want to improve my eyeliner skills, it has been a great experience so far!"

Another added: "I want to be able to improve my makeup on others. The teacher is very kind, calm and understanding. The course is really good fun and a good experience in general."

Steph Kent, enrolment manager at Glamcandy, said the firm are keen to hear from schools across Scotland who would like to offer the course.

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She said: "We are really excited to launch this course across Scotland in 2023.

"As a makeup college, we have trained a high number of successful make-up artists since opening in 2011.

"Many have gone into successful careers by opening their own salons, teaching, working worldwide as makeup artists, launching their own cosmetics, beauty blogging and influencing.

"There are a huge number of careers in the industry and we're proud to put students on the right track.

"We encourage students to get creative, challenge themselves and have fun doing it.

"This course helps to build confidence and teaches skills that will be useful in whatever career path they take upon leaving school."



Ross Allan is deputy head teacher at Aberdeen Grammar School which is already running the course this term and told Glasgow what it could expect.

He said: "The pupils involved are loving every minute of this course, and are learning valuable skills that will stand them in good stead whether they pursue a related career or not.

"Their eyes have certainly been opened to the possibilities and career pathways within the industry.

A recent assessment involved several members of our staff acting as models for the pupils to complete an assessment – every member of staff that took part was impressed by our pupils, and everything they had learned on the course."