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My friend does social psychology at Loughborough and doesn't mind answering your questions, I think she's actually going to be helping with the open day you'll be attending so it might be worth mentioning The Student Room when you're there, in case she is leading your group!
Loughborough has a focus on linguistics and group-individual dynamics for social psychology, but psychology and social psychology are two different courses, handled by different departments. From what I can gather, psychology has a more traditional approach, teaching cognitive and behavioural psychology.
Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a wonderful time at university! ^_^
I did social psychology and one of the benefits was that you can choose a lot of electives from other social science disciplines (sociology, media, criminology, social policy) in your first and final year (second year was reserved for compulsory modules when I was there). Have a look at the specialities of some of the lecturers and see if they sound interesting. It's hard for me to tell you too much cos I haven't done Psychology somewhere else to compare it but if you have any specific questions feel free to ask.
The social psychology department has more of a focus on qualitative research, especially conversation analysis, which takes some getting used to as it's quite different to stuff you will have seen before. My understanding was that the straight psychology course included a lot more biology and maths (taught by biology tutors rather than psychology tutors). I think both courses are pushing placement years now.
I'm going to loughborough for a open day in sept(as I'll be in year 13). I've got ABB for my AS levels so im considering loughborough as my "aspiring" choice but its a toss up between loughborough and Leicester.
We're actually offering more than just psychology and social psychology at Loughborough for 2016.
Here are the list of courses with links for more info:
Psychology with Criminology
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Hope this helps