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assessing for deferred entry
If your son has applied through UCAS for 2016 admission and has changed his mind, he must act quickly. If you are sure your son will not take up a place in 2016 he must immediately contact his universities and ask for a deferment and for his offers to apply to 2017 entry. They do not need to agree; it is up to them.
If they do not agree your son will have to comply with his 2016 offer or withdraw from UCAS this year and re-apply in September for 2017 entry.
If he plans to start university in September 2016 he should apply for student finance now. If he plans to enter university in 2017 he should apply in Spring next year.
Best of luck to your son.