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Too young to apply for uni
Oxford and Imperial make no reference to a minimum age on their website, but UCL is explicit that students have to be 18 when they start. So you are presumably going to UCL for the interview. I think you may have assumed that the response from Oxford would be the same everywhere else.
Deferred entry is definitely the way to go, and your son would probably benefit from that too as the additional maturity will probably be a good thing on a medical course.
Hope this helps,