17th December 2010 at 00:00

BTEC the halls

Unsolicited poems and songs usually make FErret bang its furry head, repeatedly, against the nearest surface. So when this festive ditty celebrating vocational qualifications arrived in our inbox from qualifications monolith Pearson, it almost went into the electronic dustbin.

The lyrics to The 12 Days of Christmas have been altered by a staff member at Pearson to celebrate its BTEC qualification. They arrived with a note requesting they be looked upon "kindly". We leave that up to you .

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree (because my true love has a BTEC in forestry and arboriculture).

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, two turtle doves (because my true love has a BTEC in aerospace engineering).

Continues in this vein, with .

. three French hens (veterinary science).

. four calling birds (aviation operations).

. five golden rings (blacksmithing and metalworking).

. six geese a-laying (applied biology).

. seven swans a-swimming, (sailing and watersports).

. eight maids a-milking (agriculture).

. nine ladies dancing (performing arts).

. 10 lords a-leaping (sport and exercise sciences).

. 11 pipers piping (music performance and music production).

And ends with .

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, 12 drummers drumming (because my true love has a BTEC in sound studio management).

Don't all join in at once. And have a Merry Christmas.

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