I have an A grade in A-Level English Literature. I got 2 B's in both coursework, 100% in the AS exam and 99% in the A2 exam, giving me a good A grade overall. If I'd have got a few more marks in the A2 coursework I'd have got an A*; I wish I'd tried harder in the coursework!
Is an A grade that good any more compared to someone with an A*? What do universities and employers think of A grades now?
A is considered a very good grade still. Stop being so hard on yourself.
I'd say the difference between an A and A* is nowhere near as big as the difference between an A and a B.
edit: Partly because you can get higher UMS than one of your friends that get's an A* yet you only get an A, so there is a little bit of a luck element involved in your best exams being the one's that count towards an A*.
Just like Benniboi1 said!
A good A is still very good.
An A is still good but it has certainly been upstaged by the A*. In fact I think A* is the new A; it takes comprehensive knowledge of the subject and superb exam technique, this can only be done through intense practice. You need 90% UMS to get an A* at A2. The A* is a more reliable guide to a students ability than the A grade because with the A grade you can get what I call 'Phantom grades'; this is where someone can get 100 UMS in AS and then get about 60 UMS in A2 and still end up with an A. To me that isn't a real A grade. To truly be A grade material you must atleast get 80 UMS in A2.