“Aside from” is a B2 level phrase that means the same as “except for”. This phrase is typically used in part 1 of the reading and use of English people, but candidates should be encourage to use it in all areas of the exam.
The weather wasn’t too good, but aside (3)……. that it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.
“You should definitely come and visit here. Aside from the occasionally thunderstorm the weather is mostly dry and sunny…”