Data Manager
Data managers create database systems that meet an organization's or research team's needs for the data they plan on or have already gathered. The job tasks these managers perform are similar to those commonly conducted by database administrators in big institutions and often work closely with exams officers.

DBS certificate 
The document issued following an application to the DBS for a criminal record check which contains the personal information provided by the applicant and the result of the checks undertaken against the relevant data sources.

*Declined grade/certification (option not currently available)
A candidate could reject certification in order to retake individual externally-assessed units, which may improve the overall score for that qualification. Sometimes referred to as ‘declined award’.

Default series
All basedata information related to an exam period. For example, 6G will indicate GCSE entries for the summer examination series. The default setting for the computerised administration system for the series must correspond to this code.

DfE 
Department for Education. Was DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families). Prior to this it was DfES (The Department for Education and Skills). It is the government department responsible for education and lifelong learning in England.

Disaster recovery planning 
More usually known as a Contingency Plan

Double Award 
A subject where the content and assessment is the equivalent of having taken two subjects at that level. The result for the subject will usually show an identical pair of grades.

Drop-down refunds
A refund to those Centres who have had learners move to, and complete, a smaller BTEC qualification of the same subject and level. The refund due is calculated as the difference between the cost of the larger and smaller qualification, minus an administration fee.

Dual award 
A subject where the content and assessment is the equivalent of having taken two subjects at that level. The result for the subject will show two grades which may, or may not, be identical.